Tyler Perry has just announced that he will no longer play the role of Mabel ‘Madea’ Simmons in his upcoming new movie ‘A Madea Christmas’ set to be released in Dec. 2013. Instead the singer has announced that actor Orlando Jones will be taking over as Madea. Woah!
According to sources, Tyler Perry is extremely busy these days working with Oprah Winfrey on her ‘OWN’ network and no longer as the time. However, it was a hard decision for him to make. Man oh man!
Official Press Release:
CREATOR TYLER PERRY TURNS OVER REIGNS TO ICONIC CHARACTER TO FOCUS ON OWN VENTURE WITH OPRAH WINFREY
APRIL 2, 2013/ATLANTA – NAACP Award® nominee 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.”
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. – Huff Post
Here’s a photo of Orlando Jones as Madea:
You have to be kidding me! I really don’t know what to-day about this mess here! In my eyes the only person who can play the role of Madea is Tyler Perry! Simple as that, this is just painful!
As of now it’s still not clear if this is a permanent or temporary thing. I just hope Orlando can pull it off; this decision could either make or break Tyler Perry’s devoted fans. Folks are not going to like this! SMH….