James Patterson’s detective/psychologist Alex Cross is being rebooted after Morgan Freeman’s two stabs at the role in 1997 and 2001. The first trailer for Alex Cross offers a look at Tyler Perry as the detective and Matthew Fox as his primary antagonist in the film. Looks like a fun cat-and-mouse game with expected thrills and twists. Two things are interesting here. First of all, how will Perry fare in a role that he hasn’t written or directed himself, one that will have him actually follow Freeman’s act? Secondly, Fox obviously worked hard to achieve his new physique; I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with his sadistic killer. He looks like he’s on fire here.
This is director Rob Cohen’s first straight thriller, but as the trailer shows there will be plenty of action. U.S. premiere: October 19.