Now, we’re not ones to malign Hollywood casting of popular detectives (no, wait, we are—see Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher), but never mind that now.
I, Alex Cross, based on James Patterson’s book of the same name, is being cast now, and already on-board as the titular character is Tyler Perry. Now while this isn’t as egregious casting as Cruise playing Reacher, it seems unlikely that Perry—who’s made a career out of cross-dressing, lowercase c—can achieve the same gravitas that Morgan Freeman did in earlier iterations of the character.
On the other hand, there is some seriously good talent cast alongside Perry: John C. McGinley, who played Scrubs’s irascible doctor, has just been signed on to play the chief of police. Also cast are Matthew Fox (Lost), Jean Reno (Ronin, La Femme Nikita), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Homicide). Production will begin this month, and it will hit theaters in 2012.
Previously, there were rumors that Idris Elba (Luther) would take on the role of Patterson’s iconic detective, which sounds like a much better choice. But we’re not Hollywood casting agents. (Then again, shouldn’t there be a fantasy league for this?!)
What’s the worst example of book-to-film/TV casting you’ve noticed?