Idris Elba will star as Dr. Alex Cross in Cross, a theatrical adaptation of the next installment in James Patterson’s famed murder mystery series of novels.

Elba takes over from Morgan Freeman who previously starred as Dr. Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider.

Synopsis: Cross centres on a serial rapist who may have murdered his pregnant wife years before.

David Twohy will direct from a screenplay penned by Kerry Williamson. Lloyd Levin, James Patterson, Leopoldo Goutm and Steve Bowen will produce, with shooting expected to commence in Spring 2011.

Cross will be privately financed.

Deadline reported this one.