Can Tyler Perry Pull Off Alex Cross? 


As an actor, Tyler Perry is known as the lovably irritating Madea in all those Madea-centric films. Now, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that the actor will play Alex Cross, the James Patterson-created character that Morgan Freeman previously played in "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider." (Check out my fun interview with Perry for "Madea Goes to Jail" right here)

It's an ambitious gambit for Perry, and way to go for trying to defy gravity by deciding to play the detective-psychologist. And it's not even a comedy!

QED has announced that Patterson is co-writing a draft of the script with Kerry Williamson, and will be polished by Marc Moss. Rob Cohen ("The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor") will direct. (Check out my interview with Cohen for "The Mummy" right here)

The last time Perry acted in a film that he did not write, produce, or direct was for "Star Trek" as the Commander of the Star Fleet. But his role was brief in the film. This Alex Cross movie will mark his first big role without any of his input as part of the creative team.

So I think Perry can pull off Alex Cross. He can ditch the wig and the Madea stance anytime. :happy

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