Bad Boys 3 movie news: Martin Lawrence says his participation is not confirmed yet; Will Smith to return not as lead character but as a producer?

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With ongoing talks of not one but two sequels for the action franchise, “Bad Boys,” lead actor Martin Lawrence straightened the record out and shared that his participation is not yet set in stone.

Talking to radio segment “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” the rapper turned actor who portrayed the role of Detective Marcus Burnett said, “Well ain’t nobody confirm that with me yet…It’s still talks man….I think it’s going to happen… it’s still talks,” Comedy Hype reports.

Rumors have it that Sony Pictures has tapped writer and director Joe Carnahan to pen the script in the movie and at the same time lead the new film, replacing director Michael Bay who took the helm for the both Bad Boys 1 and 2. However, it still remains to be seen if Carnahan will accept the part in the production team.

Meanwhile when it comes to the other half of the comedy duo, Will Smith who played Mike Lowrey has not confirmed if he is coming back to reprise his role.

Although the studio seems to propose that Bad Boys 3 be his next project after shooting “Suicide Squad,” speculations suggest that this time around, he may choose to be behind the camera as one of the producers. He seems to avoid going back to the franchises he helped started such as “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

Presumably to encourage the actor to return, Ecumenical News reports that Lawrence updated his Instagram with a post and caption that reads, “11 years ago today, Bad Boys II was released in theatres. Feelin’ it’s about time for number 3…..What do you think Will Smith?”

If Smith opts out of the sequels, it is predicted that there may be a decreased audience as the interplay between the two characters the fans learned to love will not be the same.

Bad Boys 3 is slated to hit theaters on February 17, 2017, followed by Bad Boys 4 on July 3, 2019.