Jean Reno Takes I, Alex Cross

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Jean Reno has joined the cast of the Rob Cohen-directed adaptation of James Patterson’s I, Alex Cross, reports Variety. There’s no word yet on who he’ll be playing, but the the book is described as follows:

You can’t run
Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim.

You can’t hide
The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain—they will do anything to keep their secrets safe.

Alex Cross is your only hope to stay alive
As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable—a revelation that could rock the entire world. With the unstoppable action, unforeseeable twists, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that only a James Patterson thriller delivers, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.

Mark Moss wrote the script and it is expected to make substantial departure from the novel.

Morgan Freeman previously played the Alex Cross role in Paramount’s Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, but Tyler Perry will be stepping into the role this time around. Matthew Fox and Ed Burns are also attached to star.

Reno is best known for playing the title role in Leon: The Professional. He will next appear in the indie drama Margaret alongside Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron and Matthew Broderick.