Idris Elba to replace Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross in Cross
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
It took me a while to make the connection with Morgan Freeman and the character of Dr. Alex Cross. I had forgotten that he played the same character in both ALONG CAME A SPIDER and KISS THE GIRLS. He did a great job in those roles, but it seems father time has taken its toll and now he’s being replaced with Idris Elba, who will play Dr. Cross in the film CROSS. In the new mystery thriller, Cross has left the FBI and is now doing private work when he gets asked to consult on the search for a killer known as The Butcher. This killer may have had a hand in killing his wife. David Twohy is set to direct the film.
I haven’t seen an episode of ‘The Wire’, but for the films I’ve seen Elba in (AMERICAN GANGSTER, THE LOSERS), I haven’t thought anything of his characters. That’s not to say I thought he did poorly, he just didn’t leave an impression on me. But it will be interesting to see what he does with the role that Freeman made famous.