Jessica Alba is returning to television and has landed the second female lead role in NBC’s Bad Boys spinoff pilot, opposite Gabrielle Union.
The untitled drama will follow Syd Burnett, Union’s character from Bad Boys 2, who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel. As an LAPD detective, she can now pursue all the pleasures Los Angeles has to offer and leave her past behind. But things will get complicated when her new partner learns that Syd’s unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret.
Alba will play Nancy McKenna, Syd’s partner, who joined the Army out of high school and spent most of the 2000s in Iraq and Afghanistan. Women weren’t allowed in combat so she joined the military police to get closer to the action. McKenna is now a detective raising two preteen stepkids with her husband.
The Blacklist writers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier will write the pilot for the untitled potential series, which is from Sony TV.
Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the films, is also on board as an EP. Union and Alba will also serve as EPs, along with Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone and Doug Belgrad.
The potential TV series comes as a potential third film has had a tortured journey to the big screen. Both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have expressed interest in returning, but a revolving door of writers and directors and an eventual removal of the film from Sony’s upcoming release calendar in August rendered it mostly dead — for now.
If the show lands a greenlight, it will mark Alba’s first series regular role since Fox’s Dark Angel in 2002. Her film roles include the Sin City franchise and the original Fantastic Four. She is repped by CAA and 3 Arts.
Linda Ge | TV Editor