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Tyler Perry branches out in his next movie Alex Cross, which finds the Atlanta filmmaker playing a detective-turned psychologist.

Actor Morgan Freeman previously brought the Alex Cross character to life in two big-screen procedurals: 1997′s Kiss the Girls and 2001′s Along Came a Spider.

The Alex Cross movie synopsis reads as follows:

Crusading Detective/Psychologist ALEX CROSS (Tyler Perry) meets his match against the psychotic mob hit man, MICHAEL SULLIVAN aka THE BUTCHER (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. Enraged, Cross vows to hunt down the killer if it’s the last thing he does. However, Sullivan is a serial-killing mastermind and continues to evade Cross while pushing him to an ethical breaking point as a cop and 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.

Alex Cross is slated to hit theaters later this year.

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