Tyler Perry to play detective Alex Cross

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When a Washington D.C. homicide detective and psychologist (played by Tyler Perry) is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem. Engaging in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with a serial killer (played by Matthew Fox), Cross finds himself pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller adapted from one of James Patterson's best-selling novels.
February 1st, 2011

Tyler Perry is to portray detective Alex Cross in a new movie.

The 41-year-old star will play the popular James Patterson fictional character - the first major role he has taken that doesn't involve one of his own projects - in a Rob Cohen-directed film, which will be the third big screen outing for the psychologist-investigator.

Morgan Freeman previously portrayed Alex - the subject of 17 novels since 1993 - in two films, while 'The Wire' actor Idris Elba was attached in a David Twohy-directed independent movie, though that project appears to have been shelved.

Writer James has penned the script with Kerry Williamson, while Marc Moss is polishing the draft.

The film - which is provisionally titled 'I, Alex Cross' - doesn't have distribution yet, but world rights to the project will be sold in a few weeks at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Rob last directed 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor' in 2006.

The character of Alex Cross was previously seen in 1997's 'Kiss the Girls' and again in 2001's 'Along Came a Spider'.