When the novels Alex Cross by James Patterson will finally be brought to the small screen, the titular sleuth will look a lot like Aldis Hodge.
The actor of black adam was chosen to be the headliner of the series Cross from Prime Video adapted from the bestselling author’s novels. Hodge thus succeeds Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry, who had played the character in 3 dedicated films, The collector in 1997, The Mask of the Spider in 2001 and Alex Cross in 2012.
In Crossled by the Veteran of Burn Notice, Ben Watkins, Hodge’s protagonist is a detective and forensic psychologist, able to penetrate the psyche of killers and their victims, in order to identify – and ultimately capture – the murderers. It’s “brilliant, flawed, and full of contradictions,” according to the streamer. “A loving father and family man, Cross is obsessively determined as he hunts down killers. He is desperate for love, but his wife’s murder has left him too damaged to receive it.”
Hodge – who is also a producer on Cross – can currently be seen in City on a Hilll, recently canceled by Showtime after 3 seasons. the revival Leverage – Redemption from Amazon Freevee is also among its most recent credits.
“James Patterson is among the best at captivating audiences with his undeniably thrilling novels and we are confident that with Ben Watkins’ artistic vision, Cross will do the same for our customers around the world,” said Vernon Sanders, Head of Global Television at Amazon Studios. we know, will do an exceptional job of bringing Alex Cross to life.”
Cross is the latest adaptation to add to Prime Video’s true bookshelf, with the streamer having previously found success with series based on the characters of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.
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