Matthew Fox has signed on to play the villain in I, Alex Cross, the reboot of the James Patterson franchise character with Tyler Perry starring and Rob Cohen helming the project.
Edward Burns has also signed on to play Tommy Kane, Cross’s partner.
You may have overlooked that Tyler Perry, a couple of months ago, took over a lead role in I, Alex Cross for Idris Elba — the crime busting psychologist Dr. Alex Cross. Opposite his virtuous Lost character Jack Shepard, Fox will be making over his image as the ‘childlike trust’ nice guy, taking the role of Michael Sullivan a.k.a the Butcher of Sligo, a brutal assassin who kills for kicks and money. After Cross messed up one of his assignments, the Butcher kills Cross’ wife and after that it’s game between the two. Sullivan is one of the best known villains in the Patterson’s novel series.
From September 2004 until May 2010, Fox played the role of the troubled surgeon, Dr. Jack Shephard, on ABC’s Lost. Fox has repeatedly stated that he is “done with television” after Lost and this is his first major film role since leaving the series.
Burns got his start in the film industry as a production assistant on the Oliver Stone feature, The Doors. He is currently running a screenwriting contest through an open call with the web startup Scripped for a crowdsourced screenplay which he intends to help get produced and will be launching his new film Nice Guy Johnny at the Tribeca film festival.
Rob Cohen (xXx, The Fast and the Furious) is lined up to helm and he’s been working with Mark Moss on a script that will take some twist different from the source material.
The reboot of the Alex Cross series was settled in late January, with Perry taking the role originated by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.
Have a look at Along Came a Spider 2001 trailer. [Source: Deadline]