AceShowbiz - Tyler Perry is bringing his iconic character Madea back from retirement for a new movie. The actor/filmmaker is set to reprise his iconic role as the tough, elderly woman for a 12th installment on Netflix.
Titled "A Madea Homecoming", the upcoming film also has Perry on board as director in addition to penning the script. Will Areu and Mark Swinton will serve as producers, with Perry and Michelle Sneed, Tyler Perry Studios president of production and development, executive producing.
The movie is planned for a 2022 release and it's reported that the 51-year-old has been quietly developing the project since last fall. The new film will be shot entirely at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Ga. Other details, including additional cast members, are currently not available.
Perry last portrayed Madea in 2019's "Tyler Perry's a Madea Family Funeral", which was at the time planned to be the last installment of the comedy film series. He then retired Mabel "Madea" Simmons in 2020 with the sold-out "Madea’s Farewell Tour", which was also filmed for BET plus.
"I was done with Madea, completely done with it," the "Gone Girl" star told Variety when he was honored as 2020’s Showman of the Year. "But as I've been looking at the state of the world - and I finished a tour in January, just before the pandemic started to break in the country - and the amount of joy and laughter that it brought to so many people, that's what I think is missing. We need that laughter and that joy."
Announcing the new Madea movie, Perry posted on Instagram a video of him easily speaking interchangeably in his original voice and Madea's voice. "This is Madea saying I'm coming back, and I'm on Netflix and I can't wait to tell you," he said in his character's voice. "I was done," Perry continued, as Madea interrupted, "But I wasn't."