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John Amos, Marla Gibbs Join Cast Of Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection" (His 14th Feature In 7 Years)

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 30, 2012 10:15 PM
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John Amos Marla Gibbs

So Tyler Perry's 4th movie of 2012, the only Madea movie of the year thank goodness, began production today at his Atlanta studios. 

As Vanessa already posted a couple of days ago, it's titled Madea's Witness Protection, and its starring cast will be primarily Caucasian as Perry continues to expand his reach beyond the usual.

The film's official synopsis, which isn't all that different from the one in Vanessa's post reads:

Comic legend Eugene Levy (the AMERICAN PIE franchise, BEST IN SHOW) stars in the film as George, a high level CFO at the center of a Ponzi scheme in New York City who is enrolled in the Witness Protection program along with his family in the one place that absolutely no one will think to look for them: Madea's house down South.

Funnyman Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Tom Arnold, Doris Roberts, Danielle Campbell and Devan Leos make up the starring cast - George's family (wife, mother and kids) and business associate (Arnold).

The supporting cast will comprise of Romeo Miller (Jumping The Broom), the son of rapper Master P, as Jake, a friend of Brian (an attorney who places the family in Madea's care, also played by Tyler Perry) who was affected by the scam; and, revealed today, veterans John Amos and Marla Gibbs will also co-star - Amos as Jake's (Romeo Miller's) father in the film, and Gibbs appears as Madea's neighbor.

This will be Tyler Perry's 14th feature film with Lionsgate in 7 years - or about 2 a year - and they've collectively grossed close to $600 million at the North American box office alone.

His first of 4 films to be released in 2012 is Good Deeds, which he stars in along with Thandie Newton, and Gabrielle Union; it'll be released by Lionsgate on February 24th.

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  • Donella | February 1, 2012 2:01 PMReply

    Not sure about this one. Most of the Black actors are supporting the white leads and that is just tiresome. But I will watch Good Deeds. I enjoyed Madea's Christmas on DVD. It was very funny and consistent in it's writing throughout. I'll look forward to that being on film.

  • reanne welch | January 31, 2012 7:20 AMReply

    icant wait for this movie i have been watching tyler perry movie ever since i was a kid i always dreamed of being in one of tyler perrys plays or movies

  • Joseph Garrett | January 31, 2012 10:56 PM

    I'm sorry, Mecca, but who made you the moral majority. Don't you think it's a little self righteous to criticize someone for admiring someone's work, just because you don't. What are you doing to contribute to film anyway?

  • Mecca | January 31, 2012 2:18 PM

    "i always dreamed of being in one of tyler perrys plays or movies" You can't be serious with that comment. LOL

    It is such a damn shame our legends have to resort to T.P's work. #smh
    But work is work.

  • KeepingItReal | January 30, 2012 10:45 PMReply

    We must keep our legends working, even if its a Tyler Perry film.

  • mantan | February 3, 2012 6:51 PM

    that's one thing you can say about tyler perry is that he honors OUR legends, i may not like all his films but i appreciate seeing OUR legends on the big screen.

  • GailS | January 31, 2012 7:39 AM

    And the pity is that even they, our legends, won't bring any dignity to his films.

  • Neziah | January 30, 2012 11:21 PM

    Good point.

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