was reportedly set for a minor role in another film, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, when himself contacted and said would be starring in Madea's Big Happy Family in a lead role.
"I got a call from my manager a week and a half ago who told me that I was no longer in and said I would be in Madea's Big Happy Family instead," said. "It was confirmed last Monday, and I left on Friday to begin filming."
will star alongside Loretta Devine and Bow Wow in the film, portraying Calvin, a man struggling with his family relationships. and Bow Wow will play his mother-in-law and brother-in-law, repsectively.
Madea's Big Happy Family started shooting this week in Atlanta, with production slated to wrap in early September.