EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Tyler Perry discusses 'Star Trek 2' and 'I, Alex Cross'

Wednesday, 20 April 2011 13:41
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Actor, director, writer and producer Tyler Perry may have begun his career as a playwright but has transitioned himself into one of the most powerful filmmakers in Hollywood. He is probably best known to audiences for his role as Madea, which he has played in six of his films including Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Meet the Browns, Madea Goes To Jail, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and Madea's Big Happy Family, which opens in theaters on April 22nd. Perry also produced the Oscar winning film Precious, which earned an Academy Award for supporting actress Mo'Nique.

But it was the filmmaker's role as Starfleet Academy commandant Admiral Barnett in J.J. Abrams' 2009 re-imagining of Star Trek, that has made him a household name to Trekkies everywhere. Soon the actor will be stepping into the shoes of Oscar Winner Morgan Freeman as he takes over the role of Dr. Alex Cross in xXx director Rob Cohen's upcoming film I, Alex Cross. Freeman famously originated the role on screen, which is based on the popular novels by author James Patterson, in 1997's Kiss The Girls and the 2001 film Along Came A Spider. The movie is currently in pre-production and is set to co-star Matthew Fox (Lost) and Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan).

Our very own Jasmine Simpkins recently had a chance to sit down with Tyler Perry while he was out promoting his new film, Madea's Big Happy Family. She took the opportunity to ask the actor if he will be retuning for Star Trek 2 and he admitted that J.J. Abrams has yet to call him about it. Perry went on to say that he doesn't think that the script for the sequel has been completed yet. Jasmine also took the opportunity to ask Perry about I, Alex Cross, and if he has spoken to Morgan Freeman about taking over the role.

To hear what Tyler Perry had to say about Star Trek 2 and I, Alex Cross in his own words, please click on the video player above.

Madea's Big Happy Family opens in theaters everywhere on April 22nd.

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