Tyler Perry vs. Idris Elba

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There’s no doubt that Tyler Perry has experienced TREMENDOUS success as a Director and Producer, but can he translate that same success in an ACTING role? (other than his alter ego, Medea of course). Well, word is, he’s gonna give it a shot! Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of Idris Elba, who was originally casted as the lead in the film adaptation of: I, Alex Cross, the James Patterson novel. Check out the full story here

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QED has packaged an adaptation of I, Alex Cross, the James Patterson novel that is essentially a reboot of the James Patterson mystery series that starred Morgan Freeman as the detective/psychologist based in D.C. Tyler Perry will headline this version, and Rob Cohen will direct.

The Alex Cross reboot was originally conceived as a vehicle for actor Idris Elba, who was going to play the character in the novel Cross, with David Twohy directing. Perry became the lead in recent weeks. It’s likely to be a controversial choice, and the key will be whether Perry can bring the considerable following that follow his directing vehicles. His biggest successes came when Perry played the female alter ego, the stereotypical matriarch Madea.

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