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Eugene Levy, Denise Richards and Romeo Miller To Star In Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection"

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by Vanessa Martinez
January 28, 2012 8:30 PM
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Tyler Perry's next Lionsgate production Madea's Witness Protection will begin filming next week in Atlanta. Perry opted for an *interesting* and mostly white cast ensemble for this one, with the exception of Romeo Miller (Jumping The Broom), the son of rapper Master P.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is about a man (played by Eugene Levy) "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."

Miller is set to play a man who blames Levy's character for his depleted church investments and seeks revenge. Denise Richards signed on to play Levy's wife. Besides Levy, Miller and Richards, Doris Roberts, Devan Leos, Tom Arnold, Danielle Campbell, and of course Tyler Perry himself round up the cast.

Madea's Witness Protection's will be produced by Perry along with Paul Hall and Ozzie Areu.

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22 Comments

  • Donella | February 1, 2012 2:09 PMReply

    I don't find the cast for Madea's Witness Protection very interesting. Will support other of Perry's projects instead.

  • Tamara | January 30, 2012 10:52 AMReply

    *sings* "Ooooh, If I was taken for a day, And shown another way, Now every child can learn a different thing. See I tried a million times, But I had to change my mind...[so destiny could manifest itself in time]." Tyler Perry inspires me TO BE A FILMMAKER...AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

  • Akelah | January 29, 2012 8:45 PMReply

    Seriously?! Another Madea movie..Jesus wept

  • Devona | January 29, 2012 3:35 PMReply

    I agree with Darla & Mark. Making movies that portray us in a 'postive light' is not going to change people's attitudes towards black people because first of all, you have to ask yourself: If a movie is ever made that portrays black people in a positive light, who are the people who are mostly likely to see it. Not the ignorant, backwar thinking person who needs to be enlightened. Besides I still don't understand why people are always putting down Tyler Perry (I'm NOT a fan of his movies). But, yet, people on this site praise movies such as Middle of Nowhere in which the husband is in prison, LUV where the character that Common plays is recently released from prison, and the Beast of the Southern Wild which portrays the characters living in poverty and the father is hard drinker. How are these "positive" images?

  • jmac | January 29, 2012 7:19 PM

    Who said a damn thing about being put in a "positive light"? Nobody. Other Song said worthy characters in a more interesting light. Equate that to grown, rich stories with complex characters. Why cheer if you've got some nut who thinks he's the shit but the value/worth of his work is akin to a 5 year old? Has nothing to do with showing white folks (or any non-blacks) that we've got more depth and intelligence but damn why are we so happy to underachieve and bask in/support underachievement? TP should be regarded as A filmmaker, not THE filmmaker.

  • DARLA & MARK | January 29, 2012 1:49 PMReply

    @OTHER SONG
    African American have 99 problems when it comes to dignity, by your assessment Tyler movies is one of the problem however if you take away Tyler movies, 98 problem is left. If you are so concern with black people and dignity, why not take a hose and wash away all the black male crack dealers standing on corner in our neighborhood. Black indie movies are just that movies, I live in the real world not black indie movies. One hundred black indie movies can be made showing black people in a positive light, still won't help me when I walk into a store and every store perceive I am a thief, some of my dignities is I have never stolen anything or seen the inside of a jail cell. So don't put to much stork in black indie movies as a centerpiece to show the world black people have dignities because you are fooling yourself.

  • Ghost | January 29, 2012 5:24 PM

    It's not so much about how other races view us, but how we view ourselves. We can't undo 400 years of racism or negative perception when we do everything in our power to prove those stereotypes true. Despite Obama and others who prove we are more than thugs, welfare cheats and losers-we have a greater group that goes out of its way to support the negative. What if Tyler did a movie about a family that lived in the hood and was the smartest boy in his school top schools in the state despite being in the hood. Guess who would be the MIAN ones screaming a boy like that doesn't exist in the hood? Not white folks but us. SO until we view ourselves in a better light-we can't begin to touch the other 98 issues we have.

  • carlton jordan | January 29, 2012 11:17 AMReply

    i dare someone to complain that he didnt use a Black lead for this film. you cant have it both ways people!

  • Carlton Jordan | January 30, 2012 11:37 AM

    speak for yourself.

  • BONDGIRL | January 30, 2012 11:18 AM

    @Carlton: You can't wiiiin. You can't win, no way....*Michael Jackson voice*

  • jmac | January 29, 2012 7:11 PM

    Double dare. It's evident he's been trying to move beyond his core black audience to get more money/more standing/more white legitimacy but they'll keep cheering him on anyway. If it were Spike...

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 29, 2012 9:38 AMReply

    Abyss.

  • Carlton Jordan | January 30, 2012 11:42 AM

    isnt that what we want him to do. if Tyler perry started using all white cast, shouldnt Blacks celebrate, because 'we' supposedly hated his characters and portrayals anyway!? thats why it was so stupid for Black people to be protesting Kim Kardashian casting when Black people were already complaining about his negative portrayals...f i was tyler perry, id say fuck yall niggaz too! Id cast a bunch of c-list white actors in my films and call it a day.

  • Carlton Jordan | January 30, 2012 11:41 AM

    isnt that what we want him to do. if Tyler perry started using all white cast, shouldnt Blacks celebrate, because 'we' supposedly hated his characters and portrayals anyway!? thats why it was so stupid for Black people to be protesting Kim Kardashian casting when Black people were already complaining about his negative portrayals...f i was tyler perry, id say fuck yall niggaz too! Id cast a bunch of c-list white actors in my films and call it a day.

  • Nadell | January 28, 2012 9:11 PMReply

    HA

  • SeepSeep | January 28, 2012 8:49 PMReply

    I don't take comedies serious. This is why I cheer Tyler's movies with Madea on. Its all just great fun. Do the damn thing Tyler!

  • blah, blah | January 28, 2012 8:41 PMReply

    *interesting* is the right word.

  • Miles Ellison | January 28, 2012 9:41 PM

    Stupid is a better word.

  • KeepingITReal | January 28, 2012 8:38 PMReply

    Get that money Tyler!

  • other song | January 29, 2012 11:57 AM

    unless that success comes as the expense of your race's dignity. Tyler aint doing jack to uplift Black people by at least putting worthy content out there. If anything, his portrayal of us is detrimental to the success of indie producers who want to portray Black people in a more interesting light. So no, could care less if he's making that money. that guap. that loot.

  • Darla & Mark | January 29, 2012 11:52 AM

    Always nice to cheer on a black person monetary success (if the success is legal) whether you benefit monetary from it or not.

  • other song | January 29, 2012 3:03 AM

    lol! is he going to share any with you? if not, why would you care?

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