‘The Wire”s Idris Elba takes Morgan Freeman role

Actor will bring Dr Alex Cross back to the big screen

Actor Idris Elba, best known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on The Wire, will play psychologist Dr Alex Cross in the upcoming Cross.

The film is based on the novel by James Patterson and sees Elba on the right side of the law as he tries to track down a serial rapist he believes murdered his pregnant wife, reports Deadline.com.

The titular role was originated by Morgan Freeman in the films Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, part of Patterson’s best-selling murder mystery series.

The film will be directed by David Twohy who directed the thriller Pitch Black.

Elba has just finished filming Thor and recently appeared in a memorable story arc in the American version of The Office.