The Bad Boys TV spinoff continues to come together nicely, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Black Sails actor Zach McGowan joins the cast. He will be costarring opposite the female leads Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, and will reportedly portray the villain who clashes violently with Union's character in the pilot.
The still-untitled NBC spinoff of the Jerry Bruckheimer action franchise will focus on Sydney "Syd" Burnett from Bad Boys II, with Union reprising her role from that film. Now no longer a DEA operative, she's moved to Los Angeles and become part of the standard police department. Syd is partnered up with Nancy McKenna (Alba), who is just as capable as the impulsive ex-undercover agent, but is also a working mom with a more cautious approach to her work. The show looks set to create some of the same dynamics as the two Bad Boys movies, with the relationship between Martin Lawrence’s Marcus Burnett and Will Smith’s Mike Lowrey echoed by the two actresses here.
The latest piece of casting news for the show has been reported by THR, which confirms McGowan's appointment as the main villain in the pilot. It's a familiar bit of casting for the actor, who played the revenge-driven Anton Ivanov/The Superior in season 4 and 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He was also an important part of Black Sails, as the conflicted pirate Charles Vane who inspired his fellow outlaws to fight the British. The actor also had recurring roles on the hit shows Shameless and The 100. In the Bad Boys spinoff, McGowan is portraying a character called Ray Sherman, who is 'a slick-suited hustler who runs a nightclub'. Sherman has a bust-up with Syd, as she tries to get information out of him regarding a criminal that he is apparently in business with. McGowan is a solid choice for a Big Bad in the pilot, and it's the sort of role he's well known for.
The appointment of McGowan follows several other casting announcements for the pilot in recent months. Ex-Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson was previously confirmed for the part of Joseph Burnett, Syd's father. Most recently Chuck's Ryan McPartlin joined the show as Dr. Patrick McKenna, the husband of Nancy. The pilot was first ordered by NBC back in January, and the continuing updates shows that production is proceeding at a steady pace.
It seems strange that the project is still without an official title, but given the gender switched leads, the simple name of Bad Boys is obviously not going to be the answer. Classified as being an 'action-packed, character-driven procedural', even if it doesn't capture the playful tones of the movies, it should at least be a solid TV cop show given the people involved. It's being written by Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis (The Blacklist), and Sony Pictures Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave, and 2.0 Entertainment are all involved with production.
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