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Tyler Perry is the new face of Alex Cross

01 February 2011

While Idris Elba seemed to have been a lock to replace Morgan Freeman as detective Alex Cross in the Rob Cohen directed I, Alex Cross, an unlikely name has been thrown into the mix to play James Patterson’s conflicted lawman.

It is being reported that Tyler Perry, better known for appearing as loudmouth lady Madea and directing/writing/producing films such as Why Did I Get Married, Why Did I Get Married Too and For Colored Girls is the new face of Alex Cross.

QED International are currently seeking a distributor, while Cohen is set to start shooting in June from a script written by Kerry Williamson and Patterson himself which is being rewritten by Along Came a Spider’s Marc Moss. Details are sketchy and it is unknown if it'll still follow the story of the conflicted lawman trying to return to private psychology practice but getting drawn back into criminal cases.

As for Tyler, his latest film For Colored Girls is showing in cinemas across the UK, and is set for a DVD and Blu-ray release later this year.