EXCLUSIVE: British born Guyanese actor Jacob Scipio will portray the main villain, while Mexican actress Paola Nuñez has secured a significant role in Sony’s Bad Boys for Life, starring Smith and Martin Lawrence. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing the film, which will bow in theaters on January 17, 2020.
The new installment centers on the Miami PD and its elite AMMO team’s attempt to take down Armando Armas (Scipio), head of a drug cartel. Armando is a cold-blooded killer with a vicious, taunting nature.
Nuñez will take on the role of Rite, the tough and funny criminal psychologist who is the newly appointed head of AMMO and Mike’s former girlfriend- and the one who got away.
It was previously announced that Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, and Charles Melton have also joined the pic in supporting roles as members of a modern, highly specialized police unit.
Peter Craig, Joe Carnahan, and Chris Bremner crafted the script. Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the pic with Doug Belgrad and Smith. Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, and James Lassiter are executive producers. Production is to commence next month.
Jacob, repped by The Harris Agency in the UK and Luber Roklin Entertainment, just wrapped on Rod Laurie’s next film, The Outpost, in which he stars opposite Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood. Scipio also appears the Lior Geller-directed drama, We Die Young, with Jean-Claude Van Damme and had a supporting role in Hunter Killer, directed by Donovan Marsh and starring Gary Oldman and Gerard Butler.
Nuñez, who is widely known for her performances across Latin American television, features and theatrical platforms, recently starred opposite Pierce Brosnan on the first season AMC western series, The Son, which will return for a second season in 2019. She’s repped by UTA and Vision Entertainment.