We’ve rather missed out on Tyler Perry here in the UK. While his self-written and directed movies have proved big hits amongst African-American audiences in the US and turned him into a multi-millionaire, many of his films never got cinemas releases in Britain. Some did get belated DVD releases, but a few have never come out here at all. Alex Cross is Perry’s attempt to segue over into the worldwide mainstream cinema success, as well as being the first film to have him in the lead that he didn’t also write and helm himself (he did pop up in a small role in Star Trek though). [Read more…]
James Patterson’s detective Alex Cross has already hit cinemas in the form of Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, but now he’s returning with Tyler Perry taking on the role in Alex Cross. After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem. As the trailer shows, it sets off a bit of a showdown with Matthew Fox’s scary bad guy.
Tyler Perry has built an empire for himself starring, directing and writing movies that are extremely popular in African American community, but made outside the Hollywood system. However now he’s trying to expand his appeal by starring in someone else’s film, Alex Cross, based on James Patterson novel, I Alex Cross.
The character has already had a couple of screen appearances, with Morgan Freeman as the detective in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, but if these images are anything to go by, Rob Cohen’s new film is a llot grittier. You can see the first pics above and below – which include a barely recognisable and psychotic looking Matthew Fox. The film will hit cinemas this October.
Here’s the synopsis of the book: ‘Can Alex Cross survive his most chilling – and personal – case ever? Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim . . . The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Soon they confront some very important, very protected, and very dangerous people who will do anything to keep their secrets safe. As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable – a revelation that could rock the entire world.’ (Images via Kinopoisk)
Tommy Lee Jones has signed up to star in Emperor for director Burr Steers, joining Matthew Fox in a film inspired by the true events surrounding Japan’s surrender which ended World War II, according to Variety.
Lee Jones will play General Douglas MacArthur, who was the de facto leader of Japan after their surrender. The story centers on MacArthur, who brings in a Japanese expert, General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), to decide whether Emperor Hirohito should be tried and executed as a war criminal. Fellers is also compromised by his love affair with a Japanese exchange student he previously met in the United States.
Producer Gary Foster had this to say about Tommy Lee Jones, “Tommy will bring strength, intelligence, and gravitas to the portrayal of General Douglas MacArthur, a legendary American hero.” Production is slated to begin later this month, on location in Japan and New Zealand.
With Lost finished, Matthew Fox has been trying to build his film career. This year he’ll appear in both World War Z and I Alex Cross, and now Variety reports that he’s just signed on to a slightly smaller film, snagging the lead in Peter Webber’s movie Emperor.
The inspired by true events film is set in Japan right at the end of World War II. Fox will play General Bonner Fellers, regarded as a Japanese expert and faced with the daunting decision as to whether Emperor Hirohito should be charged with war crimes and hanged for his actions during the global conflict.
David Klass and Vera Blasi are on script duties, while Webber is busy setting up a shoot that will take in both New Zealand and Japan itself.
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