Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Mabel Madea Simmons. Actor and comedian Orlando Jones is set to fill the shoes for Tyler Perry as the lady that we all know and love for the next movie installment, "Madea's Christmas".
Tyler didn't fill the shoes because he wanted to focus more on his new partner ship with the Oprah Winfrey Network and it looks like they're doing some major focusing. The annoucement is set to be made tomorrow. Check out the article below.
Orlando Jones to Huffington Post:
It's been hard to keep this one under wraps but I'm about to embark on an exciting new chapter in my career and wanted to share it with my HuffPost family first and foremost before our official announcement tomorrow.
Truly honored to be entrusted with this amazing opportunity.
I just hope I don't screw it up.
Orlando Jones will now play the role of Mabel "Madea" Simmons in the next installment of the Madea franchise entitled "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas." He replaces creator Tyler Perry, who is focusing on the partnership between his company and Oprah Winfrey's struggling OWN network that was announced last October.
"It is with mixed emotion that I announce that I will be unable to portray Madea in the next chapter in her journey," Perry said. "The character has been such a gift and it was my hope and intention to play this role again in the upcoming film. But due to my commitments to the exciting new venture I am launching with OWN and Discovery Communications, I must now put all my energy into our new slate of shows that will launch on the network later this year."
"Tyler and I are obviously very sad that he won't be able to continue," new director Bill Duke said in a statement. "Working with him on this project has been a delight and has brought us both so much joy and laughter. Right now Tyler needs to focus on the health of his new venture and the future. We love and respect him immensely and support him during this time. We are very grateful to Orlando for stepping in so quickly."Source: The Huffington Post
Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate said, "While we are saddened to hear that Mr. Perry won't be appearing in the next film, we are still eager to have A MADEA CHRISTMAS in theaters this holiday season and look forward to Orlando Jones giving a great performance."
Perry also praised Jones stating, "In my opinion, Orlando is the perfect choice to take over this role. He is extraordinarily talented and will make one terrific Madea! I have given him my blessing and I urge everyone to go out and see this hysterically funny film this Christmas and support Orlando's participation."
TYLER PERRY'S A MADEA CHRISTMAS opens in theaters on December 13, 2013. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Meanwhile....this is what Tyler and Oprah have been cooking up..
Yup! That Oprah dressed in the role that made her acting career. She played Sophia in the move "The Color Purple". She's along side with Tyler Perry as Madea. Tomrrow, something is expected to take place with these two characrers according to the big O herself. She released the photos above with the caption "Sohia meets Madea". I can't wait for this.
But I digress. I don't know how to feel about Orlando Bloom taking over the Madea role. In a way, you can kind of think of it as a reboot becusse lets face it, the Madea movies were getting drier than Alicia Key's voice when she performed at the NBA All Star game.
Lets face it...the series was due for some type of changes, but no one expected this one simply because no one can play Madea. At least that's what we think. We have yet to see someone try to tackle that role. But the director said Orlando did an amazing job with the role....but the fans will be the judges of that. Do you think he was a good choice to replace Tyler? Who would you have chosen? Comment below.