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Behold!! A Pissed Off Tyler Perry -vs- A Crazy Ass, Billy Corgan-looking Matthew Fox, In This Interesting Trailer For ALEX CROSS!!


Rob Cohen (director of xXx and the first FAST AND THE FUROUS movie) is helming a new bigscreenification of James Patterson's hugely successful Alex Cross literary character.  Cross was previously played by Morgan Freeman in ALONG CAME A SPIDER and KISS THE GIRLS  over a decade ago - this time Tyler Perry will take the part, facing off against a very badass and demented looking Matthew Fox (Dr. Jack on LOST). 

Sporting 12 producers (!?!?!?) per IMDB, ALEX CROSS arrives in theaters this October.  An interesting detail  many folks don't associate with Cohen:  he was an Executive Producer on MONSTER SQUAD back in 1987, and a producer on THE WIZ in 1978. 

Here's our first trailer for the film.  I wasn't a fan of KISS TH GIRLS or ALONG CAME A SPIDER, and honestly don't know what an ALEX CROSS film is supposed to look/feel; like, but I actually think this is a pretty cool trailer and it leaves me very curious about the film.

The trailer is HERE at IMDB (officially), and I've also included an embed below...





Glen Oliver




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  • June 26, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    But I hate Tyler Perry

    by JackSlater4

  • June 26, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Given Perry's track record, that looks surprisingly un-gay.

    by googamooga

  • June 26, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Matthew Fox...

    by FilmBuf82

    ... must think he is in a different movie. Also, so many Jackfaces in this trailer.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Worst tag line EVER

    by Jonas

    Don't Ever Cross... Alex Cross! HAHAHA It'll be interesting to see how Tyler Perry holds up in a movie that's not a pile of crap

  • June 26, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    They can do better than that

    by twogunjames

    I'm not buying Tyler Perry as a sawed off shotgun toting duel pistol wielding bad ass. Not even a little bit. Also, not buying that Matthew Fox is smarter than everyone else in the movie. Maybe the movie would be better with dancing Yeti's in it.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Just watched it at work w/ no sound. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . barring any crappy dialogue and bad acting, it looked interesting. Man, Tyler Perry is goofy looking. Weird casting that still feels wrong . . .

  • June 26, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Happy to suspend disbelief to enjoy a film, but...

    by jcrow

    There is no way TP beats MF in this in a fight, and that's what the trailer leads you to believe. MF looks ripped, though, damn.

  • June 26, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    What the fuck did I just watch!?!?!?!

    by MOOMBA is HERE

    This shit looks like a bad 90's movie that would have starred Keenan Wayans! I was giggling at some parts! I just can't buy Madea as an action star! The bad guy is way too cartoonishly evil to be taken seriously! There are some good actors in this flick too, why are they in the background?!?! Fuck this! MOOMBA HAS SPOKEN!

  • June 26, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    So Tyler is playing Cross and Cross' grandma right?

    by JorEl214

    He's donning the old lady costume to play Nana Mama right?

  • June 26, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    @jcrel214 Nana Mama? You mean more like Nana MAMMY? Racist!

    by MOOMBA is HERE

  • June 26, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Wonder Why Dominic Monaghan Hates Matthew Fox So Much?

    by HateThaNet

  • June 26, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    From Morgan Freeman to Tyler Perry?

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    Gonna take a loooong time for me to wrap my head around that!

  • June 26, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Seriously, was Idris Elba not available????

    by Adam

    He would have been perfect as Cross.....

  • June 26, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Tyler Perry?

    by Erik_Richmond

    No-one outside of the States has a breeze who he is. He looks like the most uncharismatic black guy I've ever seen in a drama. And this looks like a TV pilot. Not a theatrical feature. Straight to dvd cheese. No thanks...

  • June 26, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Jesus, does Matthew Fox have, like, 0% body fat?!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Dude looks like he could take Bruce Lee in a fight.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Showed way too much "in sequence"

    by ODM

    I can see pretty much how the story builds now... what a stupid fucking way to cut a trailer.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    That was an awful trailer.

    by ApprovedbyRonSwanson

    There was nothing redeeming about it. Parts of it were unwatchable. That dialogue? Dear Lord, if that passes for okay then fuck we've lost our standards. The cliche way he 'profiles' the really bad serial killer who is 'fascinated by pain'.. is 'Ex military... *huskier tone* Special Forces. Judging by his tactics." Hahaha and then "You are sick and twisted" Oh my!! And it just looks cheap. F--

  • Seriously, I can't think of the last film to have three such zero-charisma leads, even the 'excito-cut' trailer still looks dull as all hell. And directed by captain paint-by-numbers Rob Cohen to boot, yeah, no thanks. I'm utterly indifferent to Tyler Perry, his usual movies aren't for me, so I simply don't care about them one way or the other, and was perfectly willing to give the guy a shot. But man, he just has no screen presence at all. A dull lead surrounded by a dull supporting cast, with a dull and generic 'crazy' opponent, directed by one of the most generic directors of our time...yeah, I'll be passing, thanks all the same.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    *rub together

    by Stegman84

    God damn dyslexia.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Should've got Idris Elba.

    by Brandon Creek

    Seriously... Tyler Perry... WTF?!

  • I try not to Hate Tyler Perry. But just because I'm black I don't swallow his shit and say it's delicious. But I do admire the business he's created even in spite of hating the majority of his movies. But I appreciate his hard work & the studio he created. Unlike Spike Lee I don't quite see him as a Minstrel or Sambo. But I really look forwad to seeing him doing something different. And I loved the James Patterson Alex Cross Novels. I thought Kiss the Girls was decent and I hated Along Came A Spider especially in regards to the book. But Cross was a decent book & this looks like a decent flick.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Is this the first time a gay actor was a lead action hero?

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • June 26, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Idris Elba WAS available - Tyler Perry won role from him

    by theBigE

    Don't you remember it being posted here last year - Elba was up for the role, and Perry snatched it out from under him? Most have used his Hollywood clout some how. I have a real hard time buying him in this role. And it took me a while to recognize Fox - I liked him as Jack, but this is how skinny he should have been after a long time on that island!

  • June 26, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Fast and FUROUS???

    by matchesmalone2380

    Is it the kids version with Vin Diesel as a furry animal?

  • June 26, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Young Ali

    by Loosejerk

    Patterson would describe Cross as a "young Ali" in almost every book (might have been "every" book, but I stopped reading about 4 books ago). I always thought Will Smith should have done one of these. My favorite book was Jack and Jill.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Don't ever cross...... Alex Cross!

    by Dirty Awesome

    Hahaha. Wow.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Roses Are Red is one I wish they woudl adapt

    by Wcwlkr

    Roses Are Red still stands as my favorite Cross Novel. I remember getting to the end of that like WTF!!!! Least Favorite had to be Mary Mary I like to pretend that thing doesn't even exist.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Don't ever cross-dress Alex Cross. BTW, Matthew Fox looks scary in this movie.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Where will movies turn for a decrepit old building

    by bah

    once they finally demolish Michigan Central Station?

  • June 26, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    There you have the next Hitman

    by quicksilver80

  • June 26, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Wait...he's not dressed up in drag as an old woman!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • June 26, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    This will bomb

    by Cobb05

    I don't think Along Came a Spider or Kiss the Girls were all that great and didn't do enough to really have people dying to see a new Alex Cross movie. But the biggest reason it will bomb is Tyler Perry. He's not a star. He had a bit part in Star Trek, but most people hate his movies and hate him. He needed to do more small parts in other people's films. I have zero faith that he can pull off being intimidating. So you have a movie with a star that most people hate and the majority of his fanbase will not go see this. There's no way this does well. And for Tyler Perry to say the Madea movies aren't comedies, Madea's Witness Protection looks like he went all in with the comedy. Eugene Levy and Tom Arnold in the same movie? Yuck. Can't wait to see Madea Goes to Hell.

  • And NO, Star Trek does not count.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    "barring any crappy dialogue and bad acting..."

    by SifoDyasJr

    Hate to break the news to you, but... that trailer was nothing but crappy dialogue and bad acting.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    There are hacks, and then there's James Patterson

    by bah

    "Patterson has written 71 novels in 33 years....In September 2009, Patterson signed a deal to write or co-write 11 books for adults and 6 for young adults by the end of 2012" I suppose that deal includes slapping his name on other people's work and getting top billing on the cover.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    still love the boondocks episode with tylor perry in it

    by palewook

    ok, it was "Ma Dukes" but everyone knew who McGruder was making fun of..

  • June 26, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    "Madea gets Lynched"

    by Doctor Bumhole

    I'm down for that shit. And yes, i am extremely racist.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Tyler Perry...

    by Celicynd

    Is Tyler Perry the most egotistical person in the movie business nowadays? I say that because a commercial for Madea's Witness Protection came on, and at the end it says: TYLER PERRY'S MADEAS WITNESS PROTECTION then on the "Coming June 29th" screen, it has in big letters at the top: BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY TYLER PERRY. WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY TYLER PERRY. Like holy shit, does this fucking guy love the sound of his own name?!

  • Seriously Perry, stay in your niche bubble that you've created for yourself.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Tyler Perry, only seen him in Star Trek.

    by t_allen

    I tried to watch one of his Madea shows out of curiosity, I didn't much care for it. But I like the James Patterson novels and enjoyed Morgan Freeman's take on the character. I'll give Tyler Perry a chance, and the trailer was not bad. Idris Elba as much as I love the guy, hopefully he's busy working on more 'Luthur'. We can't have enough Luthur...

  • June 26, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    OK, that was long. Feel like I already saw the whole movie!

    by Jack Desmondi

    Now I don't have to pay to waste 2 hours of my life watching that fat ass Tyler Perry pretend to be a Bad Ass.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Fat Ass Tyler Perry Pretending to Be a Bad Ass.

    by Jack Desmondi

  • June 26, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    He's perfect to follow Morgan Freeman

    by Hipshot

    As the new totally non-sexually threatening black go-to guy. Freeman never had a love scene or even romantic kiss in his entire screen career. And Perry is a blatantly gay cross-dresser. Hollywood has it's finger on the pulse of America. Movie might succeed.

  • This book comes around the mid-point of his career. There's a ton of back story that gives the reveals an emotional punch. I seriously doubt they can cover it all in a 2 hr movie. And where's his best friend Samson? 7' black cop built like a brick house. Tyler at least comes closer to the look of the character, who is described as looking a bit like a young Mohammed Ali.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Garbage in, garbage out...

    by Somerichs

    Judging by that terrible, terrible trailer, it would appear that horribly written drivel is going to make for a horrible movie. Quelle surprise...

  • June 26, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    who'da thunk it?

    by hazelam

    i actually want to see a movie with Tyler Perry. and i didn't realise that was Matthew Fox until near the end of the trailer.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Not a great looking trailer......

    by Keith Small

    .......but don't blame Tyler Perry. Most of you wouldn't be complaining as much if you had never seen Perry as Madea. But still, one has to wonder how Tyler Perry won the role out of all the possible Black actors available. I suspect it's because of the clout Perry has gained due to the commercial success of his Madea films. At any rate, I'd probably see the movie (on DVD) just to see Perry doing something different.

  • I'm assuming you're not a moron and are confusing Corgan with someone else. If Fox resembles anyone here it's De Niro as Max Cady in Scorsese's Cape Fear or Ed Norton in Amer History X. But absolutely, DEFINITELY not Billy Corgan. Movie looks shit btw. Tyler Perry is a fucking twat.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I don't think I'm supposed to root for the bad guy

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    and yet I am so totally wanting Matthew Fox to fucking kill everyone. EVERYONE. He's completely wasted on this wast of a movie. Oh and excuse me Mr. Perry, but before you do an action movie you might want to hit the stairmaster a bit you pudgy fuck. You look like opening a Fresca would put you in a cold sweat.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Fuck dubstep

    by Dubster32

  • generic looking piece of nonsense. Makes the Denzel Washington/John Lithgow Ricochet look like a masterpiece.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    tonight on USA: No wig, No dress, Medea Kicks Ass!!!

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • June 26, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    next year - Sunday on ION television: Passenger 57 followed by Alex Cross...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • June 26, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal - Umm, Ricochet IS a masterpiece

    by TresEquis

    Love that movie.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I don't get it

    by LethargicJ

    The first movie was a halfway decent adaptation. The second movie was a travesty that completely ruined the book. And that's coming from somebody who is not a stickler for every detail from book to movie staying the same. I don't mind some changes to freshen up the story. But Along Came a Spider almost completely ignored the book. So it puzzles me to see that they brought back the writer of that shit heap to also write this one. The guy has TWO credits, Spider and this one. Spider was completely botched so they bring him back??

  • June 26, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    insert obligatory "Alex Cross-dresser" here:

    by generasputinhole

  • June 26, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Ricochet is a masterpiece

    by Russell

    of comedy.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Looks good.

    by Mike Soiseth

    Good to see Perry going into some new terrain. I think he's going to do very well with this.

  • June 26, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Were they going for "generic Hollywood thriller bollocks"?

    by buggerbugger

    If so, success! I hope their generic Hollywood thriller bollocks trailer spawns zero generic Hollywood thriller bollocks sequels. "Don't ever cross-dress Alex Cross."

  • June 26, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Don't ever C-List...... Alex C-List!

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • June 26, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by Bramton1

    Considering the book "Cross" is about finally finding out the truth behind the murder of Alex Cross's wife, why does he have a wife in this? And why the hell is in in Detroit?

  • June 26, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Dude. . . .

    by JasperTX

    I was thinkin' Taye Diggs, but Idris Elba would be awesome.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    fire everyone

    by crazybubba

    and I mean everyone involved in making this movie. Casting the lead from John Carter of Mars would have been a better decision than Perry. Loved Alex Cross movies. Dang this sucks.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    off with their heads.

    by crazybubba

  • June 26, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by The_All_Dead


  • June 26, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    He wants someone to pay, huh?

    by gotilk

    Like his wife?

  • June 26, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    I hope the quasi-dubstep trailer music stops soon.

    by gotilk

    Or not. Maybe it will spell the end of the barely above new age genre.

  • June 26, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    You know what's interesting about Matthew Fox?

    by Jim McGhee

    Nothing. (Credit to Seth Rogen.)

  • June 26, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Fox reminded me of Elias Koteas in this

    by CountryBoy

  • June 26, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    You forgot the "huh huh" between every third word.

  • June 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    No one has made any Alex Crossdress jokes?

    by Banned-ki-moon

  • June 26, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    In defense of Tyler Perry.

    by adeceasedfan

    You have to give the man some credit for amassing a financial empire and a considerably large following. I have seen a couple of the Madea movies and found them funny when focusing on the comedy. Unfortunately they have a heavy dose of melodrama that creates an very uneven mix. I applaud him for branching out and bet this movie will find an audience. I am not said audience because Patterson's books and the films based on them are pablum for bored housewives. I should know because I was married to one. I gotta admit this trailer was pretty bad and when Perry's name popped up I thought I was watching a spoof.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Only know Alex Cross from the laughable radio commercials

    by Bass Ackwards

    Patterson's books get these radio commercials with a movie voice over guy that are dead serious and laughably bad. That said, this didn't look terrible. I was expecting to think Tyler Perry would be a joke in a the role, but I think he may pull it off, might even have a movie future beyond Madea..

  • June 26, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    The only James Patterson books

    by sundancekeed

    that don't have co-writers are the Alex Cross books according to the jackets. Never liked the guys writing style. A chapter a page. It's like reading a novel in shorthand. And what's the deal? "Medea Solves A Murder"? Tyler Perry. Really? Really? Really?

  • June 27, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    agree, Idris Elba would make the perfect Alex Cross

    by maxcherry

  • Now that is perfect casting.

  • "...why does he have a wife in this?" From what I remember of the fuck-awful 'novel', Cross's wife was shot dead a good few years ago and the case was never solved. In the present, Cross has had one or two serious girlfriends since then - might even have remarried at some point? - and his better halves have a tedious habit of being kidnapped, tortured or murdered by criminal geniuses trying to prove themselves to be more clever than Cross. During his latest case, Cross realizes that there is a connection between a string of rape/torture/murders and the long-ago killing of his wife. Cue flashbacks to the events leading up to his wife's unavenged killing, blah blah.

  • June 27, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    You know what's interesting about Matthew Fox?

    by Royston Lodge


  • June 27, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    FAIL! The website for this movie doesn't even exist. Seriously.

    by ZebraKiller

  • I have seen all of his movies. Watch everything. And I know people will say, if you don't like his movies, why watch them. I watch them, so i can give valid points to argue my problems with Tyler Perry. Yes, the guy has found his audience, making movies for them. And as long as he keeps the budgets under a certain amount, he makes a profit. But the guy is a horrible writer and director. Well, horrible is too strong a word. He's a limited writer and director. And my biggest problem is he hasn't improved. He's now split his career into two segments. He makes his Madea movies, which are horrible comedies. He relies on cheap jokes. Farting, dressing in drag, mispronouncing words, overacting. Madea is a step back for real African Americans trying to make good comedies. But now Tyler has branched out into making very heavy handed, melodramatic films. The guy has all the subtlety as a brick to the head. His characters are one dimential. Either all good or all bad. The goos people pray and end up living happily ever after. They basically say everything, because the audience can't put two and two together. And I think Tyler has become so big that he won't grow. He won't learn now to be a better write. He won't try to make more interesting movies. It will take a couple of bombs to shake him up. He was a playwrite. So broad comedy and over the top melodramatic acting works well on stage. You're playing to an audience of people. But with film, you need to play smaller for the camera. Tyler hasn't learned that yet.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Correction, Sundance

    by tye dye mann

    Alex Cross' Trial is technichaly a Cross book that he co-wrote with someone else, the name escapes me. Not so coincidentally, it's the best of the series, and only features Alex Cross as a sort of narrator relating the experiences of a white lawyer who crosses, hehe, paths with his ancestors when he returns to his hometown on the orders of President Roosevelt, TR, to investigate lynching. Anyone who's gotten even a small amount of entertainment from the rest of the books should seriously check it out. As for this movie, it's a pass for me. I'll check it out if HBO gets it, but otherwise no.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Tyler Perry is a great example of personal drive over talent

    by SergeantStedenko

    Hollywood is full of people who were able to make it big regardless of their lack of talent.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko