Tyler Perry taps Mustafa to “Spice” up next “Madea” comedy


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Charismatic Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa is ditching one Tyler Perry movie and moving on to another.

Mustafa was supposed to star in Perry’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” As it turns out, he’s now going toe-to-toe with a cross-dressing Perry for another “Madea” comedy

“I got a call from my manager a week and a half ago who told me that I was no longer in ‘Colored Girls’ and said I would be in ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’ instead,” Mustafa told the Hollywood Reporter. “It was confirmed last Monday, and I left on Friday to begin filming.”

Like many of Perry’s male protagonists, Mustafa will play a man wrestling with family and relationship issues. No female love interest has been cast yet, though Loretta Devine and Bow Wow (“Lottery Ticket”) have supporting roles.

“Big Happy Family” is filming in Atlanta. It’s eyeballing a 2011 release.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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