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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are officially ready to be bad boys for life.

It’s been a long road for Bad Boys for Life, the long-gestating follow-up to 2003’s Bad Boys II, but after repeatedly being added and pulled from Sony’s release calendar and Lawrence even saying that the project looked unlikely, the film is finally a go, according to its titular duo.

The day after Lawrence posted a picture of himself with Smith and said, “It’s official,” Smith shared his excitement in a video with Lawrence on Instagram, enthusiastically repeating the same line.

“It’s been a LOOOONG time Coming,” wrote Smith alongside the video. “But now it’s Here! @BadBoys For Life ? We back!!”

Last year, Lawrence told EW that a third installment in the popular action series looked like a long shot. “I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” he admitted. “Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.” But he added, “I’m there, I’m ready right now. If they wanted to do it, I’m ready, but I don’t have control of that. That’s the studio’s decision.”

Back in May, after previously being pulled from Sony’s calendar, Bad Boys For Life copped a new release date of Jan. 17, 2020. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black, Gangsta) are on board to take over the director’s chair from Michael Bay.

Bad Boys for Life (2020 Movie)
Twenty-five years after Will Smith and Martin Lawrence first put their buddy-cop routine onscreen, a third installment returns to find them facing down middle age, with varying degrees of grace.
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  • Adil El Arbi
  • Bilall Fallah