Alex Cross is a 2012 American crime thriller film starring Tyler Perry as the titular character. The film is directed by Rob Cohen based on an adapted screenplay by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson. This the third film appearance of the character Alex Cross, the main character of a series of novels by James Patterson. Cross was previously portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). In 2010, Idris Elba was attached to star, but he was replaced by Perry. Filming took place in 2011. The film was released on October 19, 2012 in the United States and Canada.
A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain.
Tyler Perry as Dr. Alex Cross
Matthew Fox as Picasso
Edward Burns as Tommy Kane
Rachel Nichols as Monica Ashe
Jean Reno as Leon Mercier
Giancarlo Esposito as Daramus Holiday
John C. McGinley as Richard Brookwell
Carmen Ejogo as Maria Cross
Chard Lindberg as Vincent Dardis
Yara Shahidi as Janelle Cross
Jessalyn Wanlim as Paramita Megawati
Alex Cross is directed by Rob Cohen based on an adapted screenplay by Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson. The film stars Alex Cross, the protagonist in a series of novels written by James Patterson. Cross was previously portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). The character was rebooted in 2010 when a project began development with a screenplay by Williamson and Patterson. David Twohy was attached as director with the responsibility of rewriting the screenplay. In August 2010, Idris Elba was cast as Alex Cross.
Toward the end of 2010, QED International purchased rights and the initial screenplay by Williamson and Patterson. By January 2011, [Tyler Perry]] replaced Elba in the starring role, and Cohen was attached as director. QED hired Marc Moss, who worked on the previous Alex Cross films, to refine the screenplay for Perry and Cohen. With a production budget of $23 million, filming began on August 8, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio and lasted until September 16, 2011. Filming locations in northeast Ohio served as a backdrop to Detroit, Michigan, where the character works for the Detroit Police Department. After Ohio, filming also took place in Detroit itself for two weeks.
Fox developed an extremely muscular physique for his role as Picasso and lost most of his body fat.
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