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Tyler Perry to play detective Alex Cross

Actor Tyler Perry attends the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 in Washington. (Evan Agostini)

February 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Tyler Perry is stepping into a role first played by Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.

Perry will play famed fictional detective Dr. Alex Cross in a new movie.

The character was created by bestselling author James Patterson. Freeman played the role in two films, 1997's "Kiss the Girls" and 2001's "Along Came a Spider."