Brandon T. Jackson to play new Foley in Beverly Hills Cop

Tropic Thunder star jumps on board the TV pilot for CBS, playing Axel Foley's son

'Tropic Thunder' star Brandon T. Jackson has been chosen as the new member of the Foley family for the TV pilot of 'Beverly Hills Cop'.

Jackson will play Aaron Foley, son of Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley, in the forthcoming CBS production.

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Jackson... signed on to play son of Axel Foley (Copyright: Rex)

According to Deadline, Jackson was personally suggested by Murphy for the lead role in the show, which is being brought to the screen by writer Shawn Ryan – the man behind gritty cop series 'The Shield'.

Much like in the original film series, he will play a young cop transplanted from his hometown of Detroit to posh Beverly Hills.

Murphy will appear as his father in the pilot show, and may have a recurring role if it gets the green light for a full series.

As well as playing Alpa Chino in 2008's 'Tropic Thunder', Jackson has snagged roles in 'Fast & Furious' and 'Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief'.