Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Start Filming “Bad Boys 3”

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in "Bad Boys II" (2003). Photo by Robert Zuckerman/Columbia/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock (5884807u)

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunited on Monday to begin the filming of Bad Boys for Life 3 in Atlanta. Reprising their characters Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett respectively, the actors embark on filming the witty, crime-busting cops in the streets of Miami.

The first film came out in 1995 and was an instant hit. Bad Boys II came out in 2003, and despite low ratings, was commercially successful. 16 years later, a third sequel will see Will and Martin clash with a modern, highly specialized unit when a security threat emerges in Miami.

In addition to the two stars, DJ Khaled is reported to be playing a role in the upcoming movie. He confirmed the news on an Instagram post, saying, “Blessed to announce that I will be joining Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the cast of @Badboys #BadBoysforLife movie!”

Other names confirmed for the sequel include Paola Nunez, Jacob Scipio, Charles Melton, Alexander Ludwig and Vanessa Hudgens. The film’s former director Michael Bay won’t be returning. He was replaced by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi.

Earlier this month, Smith had leaked a photo of the movie that seemed to show its official title will be Bad Boys For Lif3. But Khaled’s photo showed him posing by a chair with the conventional name Bad Boys for Life.