Bestselling author James Patterson’s crime novel Double Cross is being looked at for the second movie starring Tyler Perry as the beloved Washington, D.C., detective. Perry’s version of the character in Alex Cross opens today and it is his first leading role in a film that Perry didn’t produce, direct or write.
Before Perry took over the role, Morgan Freeman was the first to play Alex Cross in the films Kiss The Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). Even Perry admitted that following the Oscar-winning actor was the most intimidating factor in accepting the role.
But for fans of the Patterson franchise, there’s no need to worry about Perry’s handling of the role,according to the author.
“I think he pulled it off,” admitted Patterson. “People are going to go, ‘Wow.’”