Pop quiz! Which of these two gentlemen would you prefer to investigate your private matters?
Or this one?
If you chose the former, ah, bummer. I’m sorry. If you chose the latter, you’re in luck, as Tyler Perry has been chosen as the next Alex Cross, replacing Idris Elba who had formerly been cast in the role. If you’re unfamiliar with Alex Cross, think back to two previous big-screen adaptations of James Patterson novels, Kiss the Girls and Along Came the Spider, both of which featured Morgan Freeman in the role. That’s the role that Perry is taking over in I, Alex Cross, in which Cross investigates the death of his pregnant wife.
Now, originally, the reboot of the Alex Cross series was set to star Idris Elba, and David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick) was going to direct. Twohy has since been kicked to the curb along with Elba, and Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) is set to direct. The good news is, both directors have a lot of experience with Vin Diesel. The bad news is, Vin Diesel is not in the movie. Tyler Perry is. And he’s signed on for three (fucking) movies.
On the plus side, he can play the pregnant wife, too.
Let’s pour one out for Idris Elba.