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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Alum William Levy Taking The Lead In Tyler Perry’s Next

'Dancing With The Stars' Alum William Levy Taking The Lead In Tyler Perry's Next

Things that make you go hmm… 

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times posted earlier today, actor, model and Dancing With The Stars alum William Levy reveals that he'll be starring in an upcoming Tyler Perry movie – a romantic comedy, although he doesn't give away much.

Here's the important piece of the convo:

LA TIMES: So, what are you working on right now?

LEVY: Right now, I feel very blessed, let me tell you, because I had a meeting with Tyler Perry a couple weeks ago and now I have the opportunity to lead in one of his next projects, which starts filming in September. It’s a romantic comedy and, you know, I love love.

LA TIMES: Tell us about your role

LEVY: I can’t. I can’t. I wish I could! It’s very nice. Very good. Not allowed to say more.

LA TIMES: Ah. Well, Tyler Perry. Are you a fan?

LEVY: Absolutely! I respect the guy a lot. He comes from nothing, you know? He worked his way up, which I respect a lot. It’s very nice I have the chance to work with him.

So there ya go; William Levy will be starring in a Tyler Perry project that starts shooting in September – that's just 2 months away, and we haven't reported on any new Tyler Perry projects, other than those that have already been made, and are due to be released in coming months. 

Unless I'm just completely blanking out on something.

Looking over his IMDBPro page, the only project that Perry has yet to shoot is Take My Wife, which was announced last year, and which he's supposed to star alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The story centers on a recently-divorced man who tries to avoid paying alimony, by grooming another dude to become his ex's new husband. Tyler Perry is listed as writer and director as well; although it's not known which of the 2 men he'll play, although I can take a guess.

Could this be the film that William Levy is referring to? Could it be that maybe Dwayne Johnson is no longer attached (he has a whole bunch of films on his schedule already, as we've reported here, so maybe he dropped out of this one, which is possible), and Levy is taking his place?

The last project update on the film on its IMDBPro page was in May, and it said it was still in the script phase. But given how Tyler Perry cranks out screenplays and films, it could very well be complete, or close to final draft.

Unless there's an entirely new Tyler Perry project that we know absolutely nothing about. One thing I do recall is that, last fall, Perry said that while shooting Alex Cross, he apparently had a lot of time between takes and shooting days that he ended up writing scripts for 2 more movies during those down periods.

"It was like a vacation, actually… I had so much down time on set that I ended up writing two movies," he said. And what are/were those 2 movies he penned? No word yet still today; at the time, word was that they were "in the early stages."

Could this William Levy project be one of them?

With filming scheduled to begin in September (according to Mr Levy anyway), we should find out soon enough!

Anybody know something we don't?

By the way, per his IMDB page, fans of VH1's Single Ladies probably already know that Levy has appeared in 2 epidodes of that series.

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Comments

Taylor Marie

I am reading a lot of negative comments about William Levy. Let's first address the fact that William Levy is not white, he is Cuban. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, it's necessary to get to know the actor before you put them down. I have loved William Levy for a long time. He is a wonderful actor. If the only shows you have seen him act on were American shows, then that means you saw him on DWTS and Single Ladies. Neither of those shows showcased any of his true acting talent. William Levy is a wonderful actor and not just on the telenovelas (Spanish soap operas) were he plays the lead lover, but he also did an amazing job in "Mujeres Asesinas" in which he played an alcoholic abusive husband. There are numerous other shows that Levy has acted in that truly show his amazing talent. He is so much more than just a beautiful face, so please don't disregard him. If you knew his story about what his life was like in Cuba and how he got to where he is today, you would have much more respect for him as an actor.

staris

Folks, don't be so impatient to Perry's next project with William Levy, because William is a very talented and attractive actor with lot of chaisma. Just give a chance to the both and the project will be a great success!!!

Donella

The phrase "jumped the shark" echoes with these latest Tyler Perry projects featuring reality stars in lead roles. Also, "bad Adam Sandler-like productions." No thanks.

Orville

And if Tyler really wants to expand his brand why doesn't he just make a gay film and come right out of the closet? Anyone who has visited Atlanta will tell you about Mr. Tyler Perry he's well known in Atlanta's gay black community. Tyler might as well take the ultimate risk and make a movie about gay men falling in love.

Orville

Tyler Perry is obviously a shrewd business man he is simply expanding his brand but will it expand his wallet? I just looked at Box Office Mojo and the Madea's Witness Protection's earnings aren't that great about $56 million which is kind of lower than his other Madea films. He's trying to reach a wider audience which is just good business sense but I hope Tyler doesn't abandon black women they are his core audience and market. So if this guy William Levy is the lead I guess this will have an interracial pairing.

Julien

This guy is not an actor. On "Single Ladies," his character barely had any lines and when he spoke, it was evident why. Get thee to an acting coach. I think Tyler was just looking at his beauty when he pursued him…for a project.

Marie

The one thing I respected about Tyler Perry was that he was regularly creating roles for black actresses, a group that is given few opportunities. Now even THAT'S gone! I doubt that he'll lose his core audience of black women since they've been consuming his product for so long but his obvious attempt to go mainstream will fail as long as he chooses D-list white actors. It's also a bit insulting that he went from working with Oscar nominees like Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard and Angela Bassett to these particular white actors. Speaks volumes about how Hollywood thinks.

Adam Scott Thompson

"It was like a vacation, actually… I had so much down time on set that I ended up writing two movies." That's not surprising. Rough drafts don't really take long, because they don't have to be that good or even coherent. And just to be clear… ALL OF PERRY'S FILMS ARE ROUGH DRAFTS.

ALM

It looks like he has abandoned his original, faithful core audience in search of a new audience.

Darkan

Tyler Perry has officially become an enemy of the black republic. *Voice of the emperor* "Commander, execute order 66!" Who really believes he's writing all of those scripts. Like Puffy wrote and produced all those songs in the 90's. *Slaps myself on the back* Good one.

Ron@homo

Tyler just come out of the closet already. Bad movies/great movies, I won't respect him til he does.

sandra

Keep up the good work, Tyler!

Spike Lee

This is random, but it looks like William and Tyler can be a couple with their pics being side by side like above. LOL! Let me stop, before I start something.

Skee

Tyler is getting tired of the complaints from you negros. He is going over to the other side. lol. And I don't blame him. You can never please a house full of negros.

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