'Alex Cross' trailer released, Cleveland featured

8:49 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
Actors Ed Burns and Tyler Perry prepare for a stunt-filled scene on Ontario at Lakeside in downtown Cleveland on Sept. 8, 2011. Photo by Ryan Haidet, WKYC-TV.
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CLEVELAND -- Although the hype surrounding "The Avengers" has settled down, the Hollywood spotlight isn't dimming on Northeast Ohio. The trailer for "Alex Cross," another movie that filmed in town last summer, has been unleashed (see the trailer below).

Much like the trailer for "The Avengers" did, the preview for "Alex Cross" showcases multiple areas throughout Cleveland -- most notably downtown on Ontario at Lakeside, including an explosion outside of City Hall. You can spot this location at the following times throughout the trailer: 1:02, 1:40, 1:44, 1:46, the explosion sequence at 1:53 and finally at 1:57.

Photos: 'Alex Cross' filming in Northeast Ohio

Although the film is based in Detroit, the opening of the trailer shows a wide shot of downtown Cleveland, offering a three-second glimpse of the Terminal Tower and Key Tower on the upper-left side of the screen.

While the production was in town, the film was referred to as "I, Alex Cross." The title has since dropped the "I" and shortened to simply "Alex Cross."

Summit Entertainment says "'Alex Cross' follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller."


It also stars Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols and Jean Reno.

On Aug. 31 we spotted the crew, dozens of extras, Perry and Burns atop a hill at Glendale Cemetery in Akron filming a funeral scene. All were grieving around a decorated casket with a large picture of the woman they were mourning next to them. During each take, the characters were singing a hymn together.

Glendale Cemetery wasn't the only Akron location the filmmakers took advantage of. They were also busy shooting several scenes at Stan Hywet.

Production was heavy for several days for the scenes outside City Hall and it was on Sept. 8 we witnessed Perry and Burns filming a stunt-filled scene at that location. Dozens of extras were involved that day running away from some unseen threat as fake Detroit police cars lined the streets.

Photos: 'Avengers' production in Cleveland

"Alex Cross," which has been rated PG-13, will be released in theaters nationwide on Friday, Oct. 19. The following week, Paramount releases "Fun Size," which is a Halloween-themed movie that was also filmed in Northeast Ohio last year. It stars Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville and Chelsea Handler.

The film's production in Cleveland reached national attention as Fox, best known for his role as Jack on "Lost," was accused of assaulting a Cleveland party bus driver near Shooters in the Flats. The driver, Heather Bormann, sued Fox for at least $75,000 in damages for the Aug. 28 incident, but has since dropped her case. Fox, who had countersued for defamation, also dropped his case.

"Alex Cross" is directed by Rob Cohen who also directed "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), "The Skulls" (2000) and "xXx" (2002).


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