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Tyler Perry Gets A Wife & Mother In “I, Alex Cross” In Carmen Ejogo And Cicely Tyson + Full Synopsis

Tyler Perry Gets A Wife & Mother In "I, Alex Cross" In Carmen Ejogo And Cicely Tyson + Full Synopsis

We didn’t get any formal announcements for these bits of casting for Tyler Perry’s I, Alex Cross project, currently shooting in Cleveland, OH. I was just handed an official full casting sheet for the movie, and noticed a couple of names we hadn’t previously mentioned as being attached to the film… specifically…

First, we know that the story centers on Cross’ tracking down of a serial killer (played by Matthew Fox) who may have murdered his wife years before.

I didn’t expect that he’d actually have a wife in the film, but it looks like she will indeed be physically represented; if so, I figured it’ll likely be in flashback sequences when she was alive… maybe scenes in which Cross (Perry) is remembering her; that can be expected. Or it could also just be that she’s represented in the form of photographs on nightstands, fireplaces, walls in the Cross household. Or maybe we actually see how she is killed.

Maybe this synopsis from James Patterson’s website page dedicated to the film will assist:

Crusading Detective/Psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) meets his match when he goes against the psychotic, mob hit man, Michael “The Butcher” Sullivan (Matthew Fox). As Cross investigates the hit man’s gruesome murders, Sullivan decides to send him a deadly message by murdering his wife in cold blood. Now enraged, Cross vows to hunt down the killer if it’s the last thing he does. However, Sullivan is a mastermind and continues to evade Cross while pushing him to an ethical breaking point as a cop and a father. As Cross closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable—a revelation that could change everything. With unstoppable action, and unforeseeable twists, this suspenseful action thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

So, it looks like we do meet her before she’s killed, and possibly witness the act play out on screen; though I’m not certain what the MPAA rating on this is expected. Regardless of how she appears in the film, the casting sheet lists a character named Maria Cross and the actress playing the role is Carmen Ejogo, a British actress with credits both in film and on TV, most recently, roles in Away We Go, The Brave One, Lackawanna Blues and Boycott. And, by the way, Carmen Ejogo is Jeffrey Wright’s wife.

The second prominent name on the list that wasn’t previously officially announced is Cicely Tyson. She plays a character named Nama Mama, which I’m guessing is Alex Cross’ mother; or maybe his dead wife’s mother, who now lives with him and his 2 kids (already announced in a previous post).

I should note that Cicely Tyson is listed on the film’s IMDB page, but Carmen Ejogo isn’t.

But it looks like both (pictured above) are in the movie, though in likely limited roles… though ya never know.

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shirley grier

I am a 66 yr old senior citizen and cicely t. is a very great actress. I love tyler perry and would love to meet him to tell him of my gift for writing and how i have a vision for the homeless but like him
all i need is one person that would give me a chance. Tyler if you read this and email me you would be the answer that i have prayed for. I am just about through with a black book that i have written and cicely t. is the leading lady. I couldn’t reach oprah however my dream is still alive in me and like a baby in the womb every now and then i feel my dream kick. I look forward to meeting you Tyler and i call you son because you are a young man.Love you in Christ Jesus.


Cool, they’re cast. I’m pursing lips at Matthew Fox as a serial killer… oops, I meant mob “hit-man”. Also Perry…I think if he ‘plays it straight’ (no pun intended), no eye-rolls, teeth-sucks, side-eyes, he’ll pull it off. Maybe?

he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable

Never read the book, but can guess what this might mean…


I can’t wait for it to come out and one day hoping you would put me in one of your movies. With your gorgeous self wow!

Questions & Answers?!?!!!


I wonder too! Maybe this “I Alex Cross” flick is a way to change his image/persona. I know a lot of ppl out there are very curious about T.P’s sexuality.

Moving on, I am glad Cicely T. is staying busy these days. Tyson is a remarkable, talented, veteran actress in H-wood. I just wish that ppl in Tinseltown could see that and offer her more roles in her senior years.

Hmm. I never knew Carmen Ejogo was married to Jeffrey Wright. I don’t really consider her much of an actress she needs some serious improvement. I remember watching a crappy, inaccurate version of the Sally Hemmings story w/ her as the lead & Diahann Caroll playing as her mother and some other white dude (can’t think of the name?)


Nana is actually Alex’s grandmother in the series. They series also doesn’t really focus on Alex’s deceased wife much, so it’ll be interesting to see how they bring her into the story line. I still think it was a big mistake to cast Tyler Perry in this role. Fans of the books are not happy about it and it certainly won’t move them to see it in theaters.


Perhaps Tyler Perry is using this movie I Am Alex Cross to get people to see him beyond the Madea character? Tyler Perry’s core audience are black Christians yet in the Madea movies he is usually in drag. Maybe Alex Cross is a way to downplay the rumours that Tyler is gay or bisexual? Perhaps the Alex Cross film is a way for Perry to reach a new audience and emerge as a heterosexual male romantic lead for women?

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