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11 Aug 2010

Freeman axed as Alex Cross

UPDATE: Deadline has confirmed this, with David Twohy being named as the director.

Alex Cross, the psychologist from many of James Patterson's books, will no longer be played by Morgan Freeman. Instead, Freeman, who played the character in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, will be replaced by Idris Elba (who features in The Wire, Thor and The Office).

The actor informed Black Voices saying "I have been offered to play Alex Cross and if that happens, I'm really excited about it."

The film, based on the book Cross, with be produced by Lloyd Levin (who also produced Watchmen). Paramount Pictures were also have thought to be distributing the film, given they distributed the last two, but Patterson said that they would not.

The synopsis taken from Patterson's Official Site is as follows:

"Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge-raising his children without their mother."

"Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi includes threatening his victims with terrifying photos. Cross and Sampson need the testimonies of these women to stop the predator, but the rape victims refuse to reveal anything about their attacker. When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, Alex may have a chance to catch his wife's murderer after all these years. Is this a chance for justice at long last? Or the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?"

So, did you see the previous films? And if so, what do you think of the actor change? Tell us in the comments below.

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