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Tyler Perry’s ‘A Madea Christmas’ Casts Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy

Tyler Perry's 'A Madea Christmas' Casts Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy

If it’s not already clear to you that Tyler Perry wants to spread his wings and reach a wider (or shall we say whiter) audience, there certainly has been enough evidence to suggest this, in recent years, as well as in upcoming anounced projects.

Nothing wrong with that, by the way. As I’ve said many times before, I think Tyler realizes that he can’t continue to thrive in this business appealing to just one kind of audience alone.

Here’s more evidence, if you’re still not sure… 

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which Perry is of course writing, directing and starring in, has landed Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy and Eric Lively to its cast – the common characteristic amongst them being that they are all white.

You’ll recall that the last Madea movie (Madea’s Witness Protection) starred Eugene LevyDenise RichardsTom ArnoldDoris Roberts, and Danielle Campbell.

Although Tika Sumpter is also reportedly a cast member, in a film with a story that sees Madea helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.

Here’s the official synop from Lionsgate:

Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.

At the moment, it’s not public who’s playing what in the film. Although Variety does report that Eric Lively will play the husband of the daughter.

But when we know more, so will you, as the film continues to fill its cast.

Lionsgate will release it on December 13, so it should start shooting in the next 1 to 3 months.

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Jasmin….run! You can't save them! It's too late for them, but preach on. Hopefully a young filmmaker will hear.


CareyCarey…straight from Georgia eh? I know what does Georgia have to do with it. My sad mother even went to see his coonery buffoonery plays. He elevated the game eh? Where are his oscars and golden globes. Even movies like 'precious' won awards but not Tyler. And in every TP movie some black brotha is manhandling a woman. That's upping the game huh? A 6 foot five brother wearing a dress, that's upping the game? Remember the end of school daze or did you see that? Wakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Upppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp!


I'm amused that Perry appears to be making a big effort to get a whiter audience but not making nearly the same effort to improve the QUALITY of his work. I think it's safe to say that the only reason for his success is because he was doing what no one else wanted to do, making movies featuring black people, specifically black women. Black people flocked to his low-quality plays and movies to see themselves, period. By eliminating the black element, all that will be left is mediocrity staring white people which is already a flooded market. I'm curious to see if he loses his black audience as a result of these changes.


TP should go on ahead and make the Madea we all want to see: "Madea Gets A Man." Think of all those hunky young men that she can cast as her love interest! RRROOWWWRRRR!!


I don't think Tyler Perry should do any Madea films for a long time after this. I liked her in the first couple films, but I can't pretend I wanted to see her in the last two she was in or this one either now that I'm seeing the casting. I'm starting to agree with his critics a bit, he has to step his game up. These movies that he takes from his plays are too repititive for words.

D.C. Kirkwood

Quiet as it may be kept some of these white actors are trying to tap in into the black viewership as well. The playing field has gotten very tight and alot of these white actors can't find work either and they are having to go to straight to DVD and television. Look at Kevin Bacon, hollywood has shut the door across the board. I hear Colin Ferrell is even being asked to do TV after his last couple of films have flopped, he's rumored to not be happy about it. But that's the reality of the business these days.


I see what you're getting at but the only name on this list I actually care about, Kathy Najimy is pale, but not white; she's Lebanese.


I enjoyed A Madea Christmas the stageplay. Saw it on DVD. Also enjoyed The Marriage Counselor stageplay on DVD. But the latest casting trend for the movies is losing me. I tried twice to watch Madea's Witness Protection and couldn't make it to the halfway point before giving up. It was just too weak and lame to finish. Madea surrounded by a sea of vanilla isn't enough to carry a story. A Haunted House, however, very sharp writing, funny throughout, and steady jokes that hit throughout. Perry should tighten up the writing, I think, and cast reliable players.

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