British actress Melanie Liburd has been cast in the upcoming fourth episode of Columbia Picture Bad boys title in what The Hollywood Reporter understands is a leading role.
The as-yet-untitled movie – which stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunite with their Bad boys for life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah — is currently in production (Smith and Lawrence spoke to CinemaCon from the set in Atlanteana via a recorded message during Sony’s opening night presentation on Monday). Liburd joins the movie as a character named Christine.
The movie — the next installment in one Bad boys franchise that has amassed more than $840 million across three titles to date ($426 million from the third film alone) – is the latest major credit on a growing resume for Liberd, who played a major role in the third season of This is us and first and second season of Power Book II: Spirit. She has a recurring role on the HBO series of The Wknd The idolwhich will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and star in horror film alongside Alicia Silverstone Perpetrator, who bowed for the first time in Berlin in February. Past credits are also included Game of Thronesthe Netflix series Gypsy and Syfy’s Dark Matter.
The fourth Bad boys film sees Smith and Lawrence reprising their roles as Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively, as well as Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núnez, and Eric Dane. El Arbi and Fallah are directing from a script written by Chris Bremner. Smith, Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad and Chad Oman produce with a roster of executive producers including Lawrence, James Lassiter, Mike Stenson, Barry Waldman and Jon Mone.
Liburd is represented by UTA and the Identity Agency Group.