Madea gets Cross

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Tyler Perry – and not Idris Elba as reported by Deadline last August – will star as detective/shrink Alex Cross in a reboot of the film series that kicked off in 1997 with “Kiss the Girls”.

Morgan Freeman played the role of Cross in both “Girls” and it’s follow-up, “Along Came a Spider”.

According to Variety, Rob Cohen (“XXX”, “Fast & Furious”) will direct the film, penned by James Patterson (writer of the Cross novels) and Kerry Williamson.

The film begins shooting in June.

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Alicia Malone is a Film Reporter, TV Host, Producer, Writer, Editor, and all around movie geek. She developed her taste for film at a young age, spending many a heady Friday night pajama-clad at the video store, picking out her 7 films for 7 days for $7. Bargain! While at school she created a Film Club, electing herself President. Eventually the School Principal asked her not to get up in assembly to talk about movies anymore.