British actor Idris Elba has signed up to replace Morgan Freeman as famed sleuth DR. ALEX CROSS in a new movie.
Freeman has played the detective in two films - 1997's Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider in 2001 - based on the best-selling books by thriller writer James Patterson.
Movie bosses are preparing to bring Patterson's latest Alex Cross novel, simply titled Cross, to the big screen and The Wire star Elba has been hired to take over from Freeman.
Production on the new film is slated to begin in early 2011, according to Deadline.com.