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- For other uses, see Alex Cross (disambiguation)
Alex Cross is an upcoming American crime thriller film directed by Rob Cohen, starring Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, and Rachel Nichols. It was adapted from the twelfth Alex Cross novel Cross by James Patterson in a screenplay written by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson and is due for release on October 19, 2012.
Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) meets his match when he goes against Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan/"Picasso" (Matthew Fox). As Cross investigates the hitman's gruesome and sadistic murders, Sullivan decides to send him a deadly message by killing his wife in cold blood. Enraged, Cross vows to hunt down the killer, if it's the last thing he does. However, Sullivan is a mastermind and continues to evade Cross while pushing him to an ethical breaking point as a cop and father. As Cross closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable- a revelation that can change everything.
- Tyler Perry as Dr. Alex Cross, a doctor, crusading police detective/psychologist, the film's primary protagonist.
- Rachel Nichols as Monica Ashe
- Matthew Fox as "Picasso", ex-military officer, cage-fighter, sadistic hitman/serial killer, the film's primary antagonist/villain.
- Jean Reno as Leon Mercier
- Giancarlo Esposito as Daramus Holiday
- Edward Burns as Tommy Kane, Cross' friend from childhood and partner on the Detroit PD force
- John C. McGinley as Richard Brookwell
- Cicely Tyson as Nana Mama
- Chad Lindberg as Vincent Dardis
- Carmen Ejogo as Maria Cross
- Stephanie Jacobsen as Fan Yau
- Jessalyn Wanlim as Paramita Megawati
- Yara Shahidi as Janelle Cross
- Simon Rhee as Bodyguard #3
- Ingo Rademacher as Officer Sacks
- Idris Elba had originally been considered to take over as Alex Cross from Morgan Freeman. Idris had previously starred in Tyler Perry's film Daddy's Little Girls.
- Matthew Fox went through a strict diet and workout routine to gain muscle and lose a high amount of body fat.
- Filming began in August 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Detroit, Michigan in September, concluding in October.
- This is the first lead role for Perry in a movie in which he hasn't directed, written or produced.