Aldis Hodge to Lead Cast of Alex Cross Series at Amazon

Aldis Hodge at the 22nd Annual Critics Choice Awards, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA 12-11-16 — Photo by s_bukley

Aldis Hodge has landed the lead role as Alex Cross in the new Prime Video series Cross — based on the best-selling novels from James Patterson.

The project from creator and writer Ben Watkins has been ordered straight to series, Amazon Studios announced Thursday. Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television are producing.

“James Patterson is among the best at captivating audiences with his undeniably enthralling novels and we are confident that with Ben Watkins’ artistic vision, Cross will do the same for our global customers,” Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “We are proud to work with James and Ben alongside Paramount Television, Skydance, and the extremely talented Aldis Hodge.”

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In the novels, Alex Cross is a detective and forensic psychologist who digs into the psyches of killers and their victims, to identify and ultimately capture the murderers.

Tyler Perry played the titular role in the 2012 film Alex Cross.

Amazon describes the upcoming series as a “pulse-pounding thriller.”

Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award-winning actor currently starring as Hawkman/Carter Hall in the hit film Black Adam. His other credits include One Night In Miami and Showtime’s City On A Hill, which was canceled today after three seasons. The North Carolina native also had roles in Hidden Figures, Clemency, and Straight Outta Compton.

In addition to starring in Cross, he will serve as a co-executive producer. Ben Watkins is showrunner and executive produces the series. Sam Ernst, Jim Dunn, and Craig Siebels also executive produce, with James Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Patrick Santa executive producing for James Patterson Entertainment, and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Bill Bost executive producing for Skydance Television.

A premiere date for the series will be announced later.