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Tyler Perry's 'A Madea Christmas' Casts Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 14, 2013 at 11:01AM

If it's not already clear to you that Tyler Perry wants to spread his wings and reach a wider (or shall we say whiter) audience, there certainly has been enough evidence to suggest this, in recent years, as well as in upcoming anounced projects.
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Tyler Perry

If it's not already clear to you that Tyler Perry wants to spread his wings and reach a wider (or shall we say whiter) audience, there certainly has been enough evidence to suggest this, in recent years, as well as in upcoming anounced projects.

Nothing wrong with that, by the way. As I've said many times before, I think Tyler realizes that he can't continue to thrive in this business appealing to just one kind of audience alone.

Here's more evidence, if you're still not sure... 

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, which Perry is of course writing, directing and starring in, has landed Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy and Eric Lively to its cast - the common characteristic amongst them being that they are all white.

You'll recall that the last Madea movie (Madea's Witness Protection) starred Eugene LevyDenise RichardsTom ArnoldDoris Roberts, and Danielle Campbell.

Although Tika Sumpter is also reportedly a cast member, in a film with a story that sees Madea helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas.

Here's the official synop from Lionsgate:

Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they'll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.

At the moment, it's not public who's playing what in the film. Although Variety does report that Eric Lively will play the husband of the daughter.

But when we know more, so will you, as the film continues to fill its cast.

Lionsgate will release it on December 13, so it should start shooting in the next 1 to 3 months.

This article is related to: Tyler Perry, Tika Sumpter


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