Alex Cross is a reboot of the film franchise based on James Patterson’s novel series featuring the titular detective Cross – a character who has already been portrayed onscreen by Morgan Freeman in films like Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. The idea was to take the story back to the earlier days of Cross, casting a younger face to portray the younger version of the detective. For a moment there, Luther and Prometheus star Idris Elba was the man to take up the mantle – before the role was passed to writer/director/producer/mogul Tyler Perry.
Fan reaction has teetered between skepticism and disappointment, with many people still pining for Elba. But with today’s Alex Cross trailer, Perry will get his first chance to turn the tide of fan opinion to his side.