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Old 10-28-22, 12:03 PM
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Cross - Aldis Hodge stars as Alex Cross - coming to Amazon

When James Patterson’s Alex Cross finally makes its way to the small screen, the titular detective will look a lot like Aldis Hodge.

The City on a Hill actor has been tapped to headline Prime Video’s Cross, a series based on Patterson’s Alex Cross novels. The character was previously portrayed on the big screen by Morgan Freeman via 1997’s Kiss the Girls and 2001’s Along Came a Spider. Tyler Perry also played the part in the 2012 film Alex Cross.

In Amazon’s Cross, which is being shepherded by Burn Notice vet Ben Watkins, Hodge’s protagonist is a detective and forensic psychologist, uniquely capable of digging into the psyches of killers and their victims, in order to identify — and ultimately capture — the murderers. He’s “brilliant, flawed, and full of contradictions,” per the streamer. “A doting father and family man, Cross is single-minded to the point of obsession when he hunts 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 on the big screen in Black Adam. He also recurs on Amazon Freevee’s Leverage: Redemption revival series, which kicks off Season 2 on Nov. 16.

“James Patterson is among the best at captivating audiences with his undeniably enthralling novels and we are confident that with Ben Watkins’ artistic vision, Cross will do the same for our global customers,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios, in a statement. “We are proud to work with James and Ben… and the extremely talented Aldis Hodge, who we know will do an exceptional job of bringing Alex Cross to life.”

This marks the latest adaptation added to Prime Video’s veritable bookshelf, with the streamer having previous found success with series based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher characters.
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Re: Cross - Aldis Hodge stars as Alex Cross - coming to Amazon

Pretty good casting. Cross is a great character (who, frankly, has never been portrayed right in film versions), so I'm looking forward to this.
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Re: Cross - Aldis Hodge stars as Alex Cross - coming to Amazon

None of the movie versions ever really interested me. I like Aldis Hodge though so I’ll give this a try. Hopefully it ends up being similar to Reacher, which Amazon did a great job with.
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None of the movie versions ever really interested me. I like Aldis Hodge though so I’ll give this a try. Hopefully it ends up being similar to Reacher, which Amazon did a great job with.
It's my understanding that Skydance/Paramount produce both Jack Ryan and Reacher, and will be producing this as well.
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Ok this is a much better casting decision. Tyler Perry was the closest to the character, but still felt wrong. I love Aldis Hodge, so I am completely in.
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Sucks about City on a Hill getting canceled, but glad for Aldis Hodge continuing to get more big roles.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
Pretty good casting. Cross is a great character (who, frankly, has never been portrayed right in film versions), so I'm looking forward to this.
Although the portrayal was off, I like both Morgan Freeman movies, as the thrillers they were.

Aldis Hodge is a pretty cool guy, but his default facial expression seems to be angry, even when he smiles. Perhaps it's the shape of his eyebrows.
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I know it's for financial reasons, but with a show like this, I don't know why you'd renew it before it's aired at all. It might be a dud nobody wants to watch. This isn't the LOTR show, you don't have a ton of sunk costs already.
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^ Or to try an dupe you into thinking "wow already renewed it must be great".



So this is why he has been missing from Leverage...
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I know it's for financial reasons, but with a show like this, I don't know why you'd renew it before it's aired at all. It might be a dud nobody wants to watch. This isn't the LOTR show, you don't have a ton of sunk costs already.
It’s possible that the writers presented a season 2 story Amazon liked and while they’re still shooting season 1, they can start work on season 2 right away. That way you don’t have an extended stop down time and can keep all your sets intact. It ends up saving them money. And I doubt this show costs a lot.
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Originally Posted by Decker
I know it's for financial reasons, but with a show like this, I don't know why you'd renew it before it's aired at all. It might be a dud nobody wants to watch. This isn't the LOTR show, you don't have a ton of sunk costs already.
They do focus testing for these things. It could have tested well enough and they liked what they saw so they renewed it.

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So this is why he has been missing from Leverage...
He was missing from Leverage due to the Black Adam movie.

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Originally Posted by Decker
I know it's for financial reasons, but with a show like this, I don't know why you'd renew it before it's aired at all. It might be a dud nobody wants to watch. This isn't the LOTR show, you don't have a ton of sunk costs already.
Their internal testing probably tracked close to Reacher so it made sense from a business standpoint.
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Thinking about it, I also wonder if viewers are more willing to start watching a new show if they know they're going to get more of it in the future. Nothing is worse than emotionally investing in a season of TV and then to have that show canceled after one season.
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Thinking about it, I also wonder if viewers are more willing to start watching a new show if they know they're going to get more of it in the future. Nothing is worse than emotionally investing in a season of TV and then to have that show canceled after one season.


That would be me for some.
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Hard for me to not see him as Hardison from Leverage
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