Here it is, folks. Tyler Perry is gearing up to make his action film debut in the upcoming Alex Cross, based on the popular novel series by James Patterson. Although Idris Elba was originally slated for the role, and Morgan Freeman played the character before, when the film changed production companies and directors, Perry got the nod.

While the 2-minute trailer is too short to judge Perry’s action star chops, like Tambay of Shadow & Act, I did noticed the film’s villain, not Perry, dominates the trailer. We do get a glimpse of Perry working out, shirtless, but I’m still not sure that’s enough to convince people he can carry such an intense role.

I’ll guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

What do you think of the trailer? Will you be seeing the film?  

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  • This role should have gone to Idris Elba, who has proven his action-acting ability in “Luther”, “Prom Night”, and “The Losers”. Tyler Perry is not believable as an action hero. As a fan of all the Alex Cross books, what I read and seeing Tyler do not match. This is a NO GO for me.

  • isola

    I am officially a masochist, because I knew it would be painful to watch and I still did. I like the Alex Cross character. When Morgan Freeman originally was cast I thought he was too old. After seeing Kiss the Girls I as pleased. Freeman is such a great actor that he any doubt of my mind. Even at his age now he is a more believable casting choice than Perry. I never envisioned Cross as classically handsome as Idris Elba or Denzel Washington. I think Chiwetel Ejiofor would have been a better choice but I guess he is not a big enough name.

  • Thomas P. Bazemore

    Yes, Tyler can play Alex and he will do a good job…..In all of the Alex Cross.books he Was not a Superman, just a good cop.Tyler will do a better job with this role…..

  • We are worried that Tyler Perry is unconvincing as a tough cop because of his Madea image. But remember a black who played a much better black detective and is better than Alex Cross? (click link)


  • Tyler Perry is Awesome! Why does a cop always have to be a hard ass? As long as he does his job, that’s all that matters! I’m soooooo anxious to see this movie!