Matthew Fox and Ed Burns Join ‘I, Alex Cross’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 1:26 pm,

Last month we shared the news that actor/writer/director Tyler Perry had replaced Idris Elba as author James Patterson’s famed detective Alex Cross in the upcoming film I, Alex Cross. To say the reaction was mixed would be a polite understatement. Maybe fans will feel better when they hear about Perry’s co-stars.

According to Deadline, actors Matthew Fox (Lost) and Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan) have joined the cast of I, Alex Cross in two important roles. Fox will be playing the primary villain in the movie, Michael Sullivan, aka the Butcher of Sligo. Burns will play Tommy Kane, Cross’ partner.

Fans of James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels will recognize the Michael Sullivan character right away (though I won’t say why for fear of spoilers). He is historically one of Cross’ most ruthless and memorable enemies.

While Fox is best known for being the hero Jack Shephard in Lost, this role in I, Alex Cross will give the actor a chance to flex his acting talents and play a cold-blooded hitman. It will be interesting to see whether Fox is up to the challenge. As for Ed Burns, well, you can’t ask for a much more dependable second-banana. I always like Ed Burns in movies, even though he typically has smaller roles, and I’m hopeful he does well again here.

Although the name of the movie is I, Alex Cross, the inclusion of Sullivan as a villain leads me to believe that the movie will not be based directly on the I, Alex Cross novel, but rather on Patterson’s 2006 novel Cross, which features a prominent flashback to Alex Cross’ early days. Given that this is supposed to be a reboot of the Alex Cross franchise (which previously featured Morgan Freeman as the famed detective), Cross would make more sense as the basis for the plot.

According to Deadline, “at least three studios are vying for the project and a domestic distribution deal will be set imminently.” Frankly, I’m not holding out super high hopes for this film. I have tons of respect for Tyler Perry and the mini-empire he’s been able to build with his popular series of films and television series, but I was extremely excited by the prospect of Idris Elba playing Alex Cross.

Factor in the news that Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) has taken over directing duties from David Twohy (Pitch Black) and it seems like the project will be less of a stylish suspense film and more of a large-scale action movie, which doesn’t seem in keeping with Patterson’s novels.

Source: Deadline

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  1. man, i felt bad enough with Idris out. now you’ve informed me that tomb of the dragon emperor’s director is at the helm? well, I’ll still give it a least until the first preview.

  2. Tyler Perry…. uugghhh


  3. I really have lowlowlow expectations of this movie, mainly because they have yet to make a good Alex Cross movie, and as a fan of his series, I wish they would stop making them into crappy movies. Oh and Tyler perry really really , come on, Perry is about as close to Alex Cross as he is to being Big Bird

  4. My interest in this left when Elba departed. Casting Perry is a joke.

  5. Matthew fox is an average actor at BEST…

    • average actor at best? have you seen LOST?? He delivered every time! Fox is way underrated. He will own this roll… He should have won an emmy for season 6. Average, seriously man… get a clue

    • Tyler will be great

    • I have to disagree. Fox will nail this part. I am still in the air about Tyler Perry. I love these books. I really want a good movie.

  6. I give it a shot, i read both books, Perry did pretty well in Star Trek.
    Maybe Madea will play Nana in I, Alex Cross? They cut her scenes out of Star Trek, She played the part of Kirks 5th grade Teacher.

  7. Has anybody considered the possibilty that Elba BACKED OUT?

  8. before I start lets remember Michael Keaton as Batman.When this first came out people were crying faul left and right, The role had a Mel Gibson type actor all over it. Today no one can say Keaton did not rock as Batman. Two things were going on in the Movie Jack and Tim Burton.Burton turned the page on superheroe movies and we have never looked back.None saw it coming.

    Tyler Perry is a very creative guy he has milked is characters and made lots of money. That this mean he has the chops to pull this off,no. At least HE will have chance to do so. His supporting cast seems to be top notch.Now the director Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)has his work cut out for him with his complex charactor and story line.

    Tyler must do a job to the scale of Tom Cruise in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE to win us over. Good luck

    • Perry made his money on black comedy that, for the most part, only black people get. To a general audience he may not be that good. He was pretty good in Star Trek but that was a very small part. I love these books so I am hoping for the best.

      • In Star Trek anyone could have played that character, the part was one dimensional. As for casting I just remember Tom Hanks before Philadelphia being a comic on his last legs, Joe vs. The Volcano was his last before Philadelphia. We saw him doing Hollywood Squares or ABC family specials after that Bomb. Oprah would have never become his best friend and VHS would have featured him 20 years later on where are they now.
        Perry as milked Medea to the point that that milk has turned sour. Either you get it or you don’t and most of it is pretty bad. I love when Medea in on screen with her brother or just about to get in trouble for something crazy with the PO- PO but god do I hate the self-righteous take on things.
        So Perry good luck with that!

  9. HELLO!!!!… Why is Ed Burns his partner??? I guess keeping the script close to the book went out the window! If James Patterson wanted Alex to have a white partner, he would have made him so in the books! John Sampson is essential to Alex as much as Nana or the kids. What a crock this movie sounds like already! Here’s to hoping Tommy Kane(what a stupid name) dies quick in the movie!

    • Im with you on this one. John Sampson is not technically Cross’s partner but he is always there helping out. Why cast a new partner? It doesnt make sense.

  10. John Sampson is his childhood friend and on and off DC Police partner, Now if they go with Alex Cross the FBI agent that opens up another can of worms.

    • This takes place in Detroit. Now Alex is selling his home and moving the family to DC where he joins the FBI.

  11. tyler perry…..dunno!

  12. i don’t like the choices being made. i think that will smith would be a great alex cross and idris should be brought back to play sampson. that would make me excited to see this movie. right know i have no desire to see it which makes me sad because i really love james patterson’s books especially the alex cross series. as for matthew fox, i totally love him and i think it would be cool to see him play a villain.

  13. I think Tyler Perry will do a great job as Alex Cross but really disappointed that his childhood friend Sampson is not being portrayed, not fair.

  14. we just watched the DVD Alex Cross. It was good and kept our interest, but Tyler Perry does not look tough enough. However, his size and intellect make up for whatever may be missing. mj