Tyler Perry Replaces Idris Elba in the Alex Cross Reboot

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2014 at 12:35 pm,

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Tyler Perry is one of those auteurs whose work generally seems to inspire either unconditional love or unadulterated hatred from people. He’s only acted in one film that’s not one of his original creations (J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot), and now he will add another reboot to his resume, an adaptation of James Patterson’s I, Alex Cross.

The titular protagonist of Patterson’s novel was previously brought to life by Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman in the films Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Now the skillful psychologist will return to the big screen in the form of Perry – the man behind everyone’s favorite (?) gun-toting grandma, Madea.

Idris Elba was originally approached to star in the new Alex Cross flick last August, but Deadline says that Perry became the lead in just the past few weeks. That could prove problematic, since Elba has a solid following (he was arguably the best thing about both The Losers and Takers last year) and seems a proper fit for the role. Perry is more of a wild card whose fan base is willing to turn out to see his latest relationship melodramas, but may pass on watching him in a crime procedural.

For those not familiar with the character, Alex Cross is an African-American detective and psychologist whose resume includes stints as a consultant for the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department. An elite professional with a messy personal life, Cross has matched wits with serial killers, kidnappers, murderous burglars, and even a cult of vampires on one occasion. It’s a role Freeman handled all too well, but it’s been nine years since the character last appeared in theaters – and in Hollywood nowadays, that means it’s time for a revamp (besides, Freeman’s going to be busy with The Dark Knight Rises as is).

Morgan Freeman in The Dark Knight Tyler Perry Replaces Idris Elba in the Alex Cross Reboot

It would be easy (and admittedly not unreasonable) to be dismissive about this casting since Elba has a background in playing sophisticated, capable, men in action-oriented movies, whereas Perry is… well, best versed in the art of cross-dressing and portraying comical creations. The latter was convincing enough as Admiral Richard Barnett in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and is certainly not without talent, so perhaps Perry will prove himself worthy of following in Freeman’s footsteps.

Arguably the bigger concern to have in regards to I, Alex Cross is that it’s being directed by Rob Cohen, the man behind mindless action blockbusters like The Fast and the Furious and xXx, as well as the the expensive flop, Stealth. On that note – chances are good that most people didn’t wake up this morning and expect to read the words “‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’ filmmaker will direct Madea in a crime thriller.” But, here we are… icon razz Tyler Perry Replaces Idris Elba in the Alex Cross Reboot

I, Alex Cross is tentatively scheduled to begin filming this June. Distributors are currently circling the project, which likely won’t hit theaters earlier than spring of 2012.

Source: Deadline via Black Voices

TAGS: alex cross, cross, i alex cross

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  1. They need to go with an unknown or up and coming actor. One who will be able to grow with the franchise like Matt Damon did with Jason Bourne.
    Perry will be too old and too busy to do anything beyond one flick.

  2. I disagree, Sandy. Cohen is not the main concern.

    The biggest concern is Hollywood’s desire to replace the superb acting Elba with one of their self-created clowns in Perry.

    I love America. It’s the greatest place in the world. But, you can really see the difference between London and Hollywood. Hollywood takes Elba and gives him a meaningful role in “Luther” and allows him to be what black men really are in real life: Sexual, strong, masculine, tough, even sometimes loud and fallible (as all men are). Elba is pursued by two women in the mini series (as black men sometimes are in real life).

    Hollywood, on the other hand, is so frightened of black men (even with the most powerful man in the world, Obama, running the country and half the world), they only feel comfortable with one dressed as a woman.

    I’m getting rid of some of my cable movie channels. If Hollywood is going to make money from me, they should AT LEAST KEEP PACE WITH THE REST OF THE MOVIE-MAKING WORLD!

    • “Hollywood takes Elba and gives him a meaningful role” – Meant “LONDON takes Elba and gives him a meaningful role”

      Hollywood would take Elba and demand that he never kiss a white woman on any movie screen ever!

      Yes, they think it’s still 1936.

  3. i really dont think tyler perry can pull this off, he just doesnt seem serious enough to me..i hope he can, because i would hate for his to butcher everyone expectations of alex cross…but i dont see it!!!

  4. I have been reading James Patterson for years and have read every Alex Cross novel.
    Me. personally, I think Blair Underwood would make the PERFECT Alex Cross!!

  5. i don’t believe that tyler perry has the ability to play Alex Cross. I have read all the Alex Cross novels and believe that Idris Elba would have been perfect! very disappointed with there choice of actor!

  6. Woman are going insane for more of Idris Elba. 16 magazine covers.6 facebook sites with millions of frustrated woman waiting for more of his fresh and exciting presence. Acting since he was 16. All women of all nationalities are losing their mind for IDRIS. Tyler is a fake man and actor. Idris is a suberb undiscovered talent. We have only scaped the surface of what he will bring to America. It’s the British invasion, The beetles, twightlight, harry potter now Idris Elba

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