While many of his Lost co-stars have been quick to accept movie and television roles following the end of the series, Matthew Fox has appeared more cautious, lying low for much of the past year. But now he’s signed on to his first post-island film role, and it’s a significant break from the weeping, kind-hearted doctor he played for six seasons.
Deadline reports that Fox will star opposite Tyler Perry in I, Alex Cross, director Rob Cohen’s reboot of the popular James Patterson franchise character. The detective was previously portrayed on film by Morgan Freeman in 1997’s Kiss the Girls and 2001’s Along Came a Spider.
Fox will play Michael Sullivan, aka the Butcher of Sligo, an assassin who takes revenge on Cross by murdering his wife after the detective foils one of his killing attempts. Ed Burns also has signed on as Cross’ partner Tommy Kane.
Mark Moss wrote the script, which apparently deviates from the novel I, Alex Cross, the 16th in Patterson’s popular series.