Tyler Perry Sets Cast for New 'Madea' Movie (Exclusive)
Eugene Levy, Romeo Miller and Denise Richards will star alongside Tyler Perry in the hit filmmaker’s latest film project, Madea’s Witness Protection. The movie, which begins shooting in Atlanta next week and again features Perry as the gun-toting, sassy-mouthed character, will be distributed by Lionsgate.
Levy will play a man who, after his investment company goes belly up due to embezzling, is put in witness protection with his family, which is forced to move from a wealthy Connecticut neighborhood to Madea’s home in the South. Richards is set to play Levy’s wife. Miller will play a man who believes Levy is responsible for his church’s investments being wiped out and wants to take the law into his own hands.
Also in the cast are Doris Roberts, Devan Leos, Tom Arnold and Danielle Campbell.
Perry, who wrote the script and is directing, produces with Paul Hall and Ozzie Areu.
Levy, who has appeared in more than 50 films, will next be seen in Goon, a hockey comedy that stars Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel, and he will reprise his role from the American Pie films in April’s American Reunion. He is repped by ICM, Anonymous Content and Morris Yorn.
Miller, who is known for his rap work under his stage name Romeo, last appeared in Jumping the Broom, the ensemble drama directed by Salim Akil. He broke out as an actor with the Jessica Alba movie Honey. He is repped by Buchwald/Fortitude.
Richards is coming off an arc on NBC’s 30 Rock and last year and her autobiography The Real Girl Next Door hit the New York Times best-seller charts. The actress, repped by ICM, manager Adam Griffin and Del Shaw Moonves, also recurs on the TV sports comedy Blue Mountain State.
Perry's next film as writer-director-star, Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, is set for release February 24 from Lionsgate.