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Idris Elba may play James Patterson’s famous Alex Cross

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fans of James Patterson’s best-selling detective novels featuring Washington, D.C. sleuth Alex Cross couldn’t have been too happy when Morgan Freeman assumed the role for “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider” — roughly 10 years past the time when he would have been right for the part.

But new news should have Patterson’s faithful readers smiling once again.

Idris Elba, so brilliant in “The Wire” and on “The Office,” will assume the lead role in David Twohy’s adaptation on Patterson’s “Cross,” according to Deadline.

That’s one of Cross’s latest adventures, and finds the investigator tracking a killer named The Butcher – who might be responsible for murdering Cross’s wife.

We’ve never seen Alex Cross’s wife on screen. We’d also be skipping the detective’s stint with the FBI. But then again, “Girls” and “Spider” were so far off the tone of Patterson’s excellent novels, a franchise reboot with Elba in the lead might be just what the character needs.

“Cross” reportedly will begin filming next spring.

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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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