The character, created in James Patterson's crime novels, has been immortalised on the big screen by Morgan Freeman, who played the role in 1997's Kiss The Girls and 2001's Along Came a Spider.
Perry has now agreed to take Freeman's place in a new film, which will be helmed by The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor director Rob Cohen. The movie is reportedly titled, I, Alex Cross.
British actor Idris Elba had previously signed up to play Cross in a different adaptation, which is currently on hold, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
MacArthur passed away on Thursday (28Oct10), a family representative tells People.com. Details surrounding the cause of death were not made available as WENN went to press.
The actor seemed destined for a career on the stage and screen, as the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes and her husband, American playwright Charles MacArthur, and he made his big screen debut in 1957 drama The Young Stranger.
MacArthur went on to appear in Walt Disney films Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson, and in 1961 he made his Broadway debuted opposite a little-known Jane Fonda in Invitation to a March.
The stage performance won him the Theatre World Award for Best New Actor.
He won further acclaim for his roles in 1965 World War II drama, The Battle of the Bulge and Clint Eastwood's 1968 spaghetti Western, Hang 'Em High.
But he is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Dan 'Danno' Williams on the original U.S. TV crime drama Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968 to 1980.
MacArthur is survived by his wife of more than 25 years, Helen Beth Duntz, four children and seven grandchildren.
His first two marriages, from 1958 to 1967 to actress Joyce Bulifant, and another, from 1970 to 1975 to actress Melody Patterson, ended in divorce.
The Along Came a Spider writer earned an estimated $70 million (GBP46.7 million) in the last year, while Meyer, whose vampire novels have been transformed into a hit Hollywood franchise, was paid $40 million (GBP26.7 million).
Horror author Stephen King was third on the list with $34 million (GBP22.7 million) and Danielle Steel placed fourth, with $32 million (GBP21.3 million).
They were followed by Ken Follett, Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich and John Grisham.
Meanwhile, The Notebook writer Nicolas Sparks and Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling rounded out the top 10.
Freeman has played the detective in two films - 1997's Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider in 2001 - based on the best-selling books by thriller writer James Patterson.
Movie bosses are preparing to bring Patterson's latest Alex Cross novel, simply titled Cross, to the big screen and The Wire star Elba has been hired to take over from Freeman.
Production on the new film is slated to begin in early 2011, according to Deadline.com.
Idris Elba has come a long way since The Wire. Sure, the award-winning, critically acclaimed hour-long drama may be the best thing that he's been a part of, but since the HBO hit series ended, he's picked up meatier roles in bigger projects. He's got good reason to celebrate his success today, as he's been cast as the new Dr. Alex Cross, the detective/psychologist at the center of a series of James Patterson novels that led to the cinematic adaptations of Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider.
Morgan Freeman portrayed Cross in the fore mentioned films, and Elba will fill the Oscar winner's shoes in Cross, a reboot of the series to be directed by Pitch Black helmer David Twohy. Kerry Williamson wrote the script and Lloyd Levin, Belle Avery, Leopoldo Gout, Steve Bowen and Patterson will produce. In the novel, Cross tracks a serial rapist who may have murdered his pregnant wife years before. The film will be independently financed, but said producers are actively searching for a major distributor (Paramount is the front-runner, as the studio produced the previous Cross movies).
What's most significant about this development is that it gives an experienced, but still "up and coming" African American actor a shot at a major film franchise - an opportunity that very few get as there are barely any successful series of movies that feature a protagonist of color. Elba is a solid pick to anchor a new Cross saga: the actor has gone from niche-audience films like The Gospel and Daddy's Little Girls to mainstream fare like Obsessed and American Gangster. He's' got a pretty wide fan-base and the chops to go with it. With a role in next summer's sure-to-be-a-hit Thor and Cross on the way, Elba is on the fast-track to superstardom.
HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm scored three out of five Directors Guild of America award nominations today for comedy, while The Sopranos and The West Wing each got two nods among dramatic series.
Additional nominations in the comedy category went to NBC's Will & Grace (four-time DGA winner James Burrows got his 19th career DGA nod); and Sex and the City.
In addition to NBC's The West Wing and The Sopranos, HBO's Six Feet Under got a nod in the dramatic series category.
The 55th annual Directors Guild of America Awards dinner, which will honor winners in TV and film categories, will be held March 1 at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Daniel Attias, "Back to the Garden" episode of HBO's Six Feet Under
Paris Barclay, "Debate Camp'' episode of NBC's The West Wing
Alex Graves, "Posse Comitatus'' epidode of NBC's The West Wing
John Patterson, "Whitecaps'' episode of HBO's The Sopranos
Tim Van Patten, "Whoever Did This'' episode of HBO's The Sopranos
James Burrows, "Marry Me a Little'' episode of NBC's Will & Grace
Larry Charles, "The Nanny From Hell'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bryan Gordon, "Special Section'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Michael Patrick King, "Plus One Is the Loneliest Number'' episode of HBO's Sex and the City
David Steinberg, "Mary, Joseph & Larry'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Marty Callner, Robin Williams Live on Broadway, HBO
Matthew Diamond, From Broadway: Fosse/Great Performances: Dance in America, PBS
Jerry Foley, Late Show with David Letterman #1876, CBS
Louis J. Horvitz, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC
Glenn Weiss, The 56th Annual Tony Awards, CBS
Julie Walters shines as Bernie McPhelimy a working-class mother of four who is sick to death of living on the front lines. In curlers and a housecoat she chews out a gunman shooting from her welcome mat as if he were a naughty child. But it isn't until her best friend is shot dead while looking after one of Bernie's kids that she turns from Valium to activism. Daring to criticize the IRA as well as the British army Bernie becomes the town pariah though her gumption turns her into an unlikely celebrity. Ostracized and bullied by their friends her kids -- especially adolescent Ann who just wants to keep her new boyfriend -- resent her and suspect all this fame is going to her head.
In her best film role since "Educating Rita " Julie Walters shows she still has a surplus of piss and vinegar. Her Bernie also displays a sardonic (if exhausted) wit and an all-too-human ego as her fame spreads. While Ciaran Hinds is effective as the ulcer-addled apprehensive husband and Nuala O'Neill gives an appropriately mopey angst-ridden performance as Ann vibrant supporting performances by the townspeople really bring soul and humor to this film.
Quite different from his last film the glossy fluffy "Notting Hill " Rodger Michell's "Titanic Town" is a small indie with many fine miniature moments such as Bernie's preoccupation with the dust bunnies under the bed as British soldiers forcibly search her home. With a spate of IRA films preceding it Michell's is the only one to really show "The Troubles" through a mother's eyes.