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Exit Morgan Freeman, enter Idris Elba as the new Alex Cross

08.18.2010

Tireless crime writer James Patterson saw his detective Alex Cross come to life thanks to Morgan Freeman in KISS THE GIRLS and ALONG CAME A SPIDER, but the character is coming back to screens a bit different.

After his strong work on HBO's "The Wire" and solid supporting work in loads of movies (ROCKnROLLA, THE LOSERS, AMERICAN GANGSTER), Idris Elba is taking the lead for CROSS, an adaptation of the twelfth book in the series.

The novel saw Cross leaving the FBI to open up a private psychology practice, and trying to stop The Butcher, a serial rapist/murderer who may be somehow connected to the murder of Alex's wife.

The project is being put together independently before approaching a studio. A younger screen relaunch of the character has been in the works for a while -- Tyrese Gibson was linked to the role a few years back.

Extra Tidbit: Aside from Cross, Freeman's recurring characters include Lucius Fox and... God.

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5:48AM on 08/20/2010

Yay!

I sure after this movie Idris Elba will finally get the recognition he deserves. The role is perfect for him!
I sure after this movie Idris Elba will finally get the recognition he deserves. The role is perfect for him!
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5:51PM on 08/19/2010

I Like Elba, but...

Booooooooooo!
Booooooooooo!
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5:32PM on 08/19/2010
Elba is definitely a good casting choice. Here's hoping the material, when in production, is kept as dark as it is in the books. No need to lighten it up to appeal to the masses.
Elba is definitely a good casting choice. Here's hoping the material, when in production, is kept as dark as it is in the books. No need to lighten it up to appeal to the masses.
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3:44PM on 08/19/2010
Great that plans for a new Alex Cross movie is in the works and with a new face!
Great that plans for a new Alex Cross movie is in the works and with a new face!
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3:03PM on 08/19/2010
Why was Tyrese linked to the role?

lol

In any event, Elba is a cool choice...
Why was Tyrese linked to the role?

lol

In any event, Elba is a cool choice...
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2:36PM on 08/19/2010
great news! Elba is a fantastic actor so its awesome that hes getting an interesting lead role in a film like this. cant wait to see it!
great news! Elba is a fantastic actor so its awesome that hes getting an interesting lead role in a film like this. cant wait to see it!
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3:31AM on 08/24/2010
you're still sad.

you're still sad.

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12:39PM on 08/19/2010
I will watch anything with him in it.
I will watch anything with him in it.
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11:38AM on 08/19/2010
ooops
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11:36AM on 08/19/2010
Awesome actor. Good for him. But man oh man, is Patterson terrible.
Awesome actor. Good for him. But man oh man, is Patterson terrible.
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3:28AM on 08/24/2010
only the gay(that's not homosexual)need bigger boats! RIP Roy and much respect!
only the gay(that's not homosexual)need bigger boats! RIP Roy and much respect!
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10:53AM on 08/19/2010
Going from possibly using Tyrese to choosing Idris had to set some kind of record for greatest casting upgrade in history.
Going from possibly using Tyrese to choosing Idris had to set some kind of record for greatest casting upgrade in history.
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10:39AM on 08/19/2010

Great choice...

I think this is a great choice and not because of his stellar work on "The Wire" but because his work on "Luther" a BBC show where he plays the titular character. I highly suggest if you can find it, watch the first season, it's better than anything on our tv right now, guaranteed.
I think this is a great choice and not because of his stellar work on "The Wire" but because his work on "Luther" a BBC show where he plays the titular character. I highly suggest if you can find it, watch the first season, it's better than anything on our tv right now, guaranteed.
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10:21AM on 08/19/2010

Stringer Bell!

Elba was brilliant as Bell in The Wire.

Having never followed these movies, I would be interested now that he's cast. Awesome actor. 'Takers' still looks like crap though..
Elba was brilliant as Bell in The Wire.

Having never followed these movies, I would be interested now that he's cast. Awesome actor. 'Takers' still looks like crap though..
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8:02AM on 08/19/2010

Finally!!

Morgan Freeman is a great actor, but I am tired of the guy. I am so glad they are replacing Freeman and giving someone else a chance to shine. Idris is a fine actor.
Morgan Freeman is a great actor, but I am tired of the guy. I am so glad they are replacing Freeman and giving someone else a chance to shine. Idris is a fine actor.
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8:00AM on 08/19/2010
Finally some casting i can get behind,great news.
Finally some casting i can get behind,great news.
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7:16AM on 08/19/2010
THese were some of my favourite books and I could never figure out why they cast someone as old as Morgan Freeman.
It would be good to start again in order but I will take Idris Alba as Cross. He was my favourite character in the Wire, i think he could do well in this role
THese were some of my favourite books and I could never figure out why they cast someone as old as Morgan Freeman.
It would be good to start again in order but I will take Idris Alba as Cross. He was my favourite character in the Wire, i think he could do well in this role
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4:59AM on 08/19/2010
Good casting, but... great, no doubt they're going to do these novels out of order just like the Jack Ryan ones. Well done, you fucking numpties.

Having said that, the Cross novels have been laughably bad for too many years to recall. Adapting them achronologically couldn't fuck them up more than they already are.

James Patterson, you are a terrible, *terrible* "author".
Good casting, but... great, no doubt they're going to do these novels out of order just like the Jack Ryan ones. Well done, you fucking numpties.

Having said that, the Cross novels have been laughably bad for too many years to recall. Adapting them achronologically couldn't fuck them up more than they already are.

James Patterson, you are a terrible, *terrible* "author".
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1:50AM on 08/19/2010

So Glad "Stringer Bell" is getting his due finally!

I always thought Freeman was too old for the role to begin with, not that I have any idea of the age of the character in the books. Apparently he isn't as old as Freeman was, so that's good news. Elba has everything that is what a movie star should be, he's good looking, his American Accent is absolutely perfect (yes he's English)& the dude can act. I'm sure everyone who hasn't seen "The Wire" has at least heard all the praise it's been given & ALL of it is deserved. When Elba's character
I always thought Freeman was too old for the role to begin with, not that I have any idea of the age of the character in the books. Apparently he isn't as old as Freeman was, so that's good news. Elba has everything that is what a movie star should be, he's good looking, his American Accent is absolutely perfect (yes he's English)& the dude can act. I'm sure everyone who hasn't seen "The Wire" has at least heard all the praise it's been given & ALL of it is deserved. When Elba's character is gone, the show is still excellent, but he really commanded every scene he was in & you really saw him as a ruthless Businessman 1st which just happened to be a drug dealer which was secondary. You've got to see the years that he's on the show because they are just about as perfect as anything ever put on TV or film. There is a reason that over 26,000 votes on IMDB the series has a rating of 9.7/10. If that isn't high enough praise from all sorts of different people I don't know what else does. So glad to hear a reboot I'd actually go see.
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1:21AM on 08/19/2010

AWESOME

He was pretty awesome in The Wire.. and he did a pretty solid job in Luther every one should check it if they haven't already..
He was pretty awesome in The Wire.. and he did a pretty solid job in Luther every one should check it if they haven't already..
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12:51AM on 08/19/2010
Wow, Idris Elba is an excellent actor, so I'm all for this! Good for him.
Wow, Idris Elba is an excellent actor, so I'm all for this! Good for him.
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12:17AM on 08/19/2010
FLAWLESS FUCKING CASTING
FLAWLESS FUCKING CASTING
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12:12AM on 08/19/2010

Great Casting

Idris Elba is fantastic. He has been great in everything I have seen him in (i.e. The movies/show mentioned above). He was also a breath of fresh air on The Office this past season.
Idris Elba is fantastic. He has been great in everything I have seen him in (i.e. The movies/show mentioned above). He was also a breath of fresh air on The Office this past season.
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