Tom Cruise in Talks to Play Jack Reacher in One Shot

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This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I previously reported on a possible Jack Reacher movie that “The Usual Suspects'” Christopher McQuarrie was currently writing with an eye towards directing — Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? The 6’5″, 250 pounds of pure muscle and unrelenting fury Jack Reacher? Played by Tom Cruise? You betcha.

Deadline has Cruise currently in talks to play the laconic hero (don’t call him a drifter; he’s just, you know, without a home, nor does he desire one) of Lee Child’s series of bestselling action-adventure novels.

McQuarrie will remain on the project, and will direct from his own script, based on the novel “One Shot”, which finds Reacher pulled into a case involving a spree shooting in a small Midwest American city when the shooter asks for him by name. The problem is, Reacher has his own issues with the supposed shooter, and isn’t too sure if he wants to save the guy’s neck. As is the case with most of Reacher’s adventures, though, our hero discovers a hidden power behind the troubles, and much heads are busted and asses kicked, all of it culminating in an assault on the bad guy’s heavily guarded lair.

That is, if McQuarrie’s script decides to follow the plot of Child’s “One Shot”. The book also features a heavy Iraq War component, and it’s very curious that Paramount and McQuarrie, of all the stories they could have chosen (including “The Killing Floor”, the first Reacher novel), they would choose “One Shot” as a result. I personally think “The Killing Floor” would have been a much better way to ease moviegoers into the life and times of Jack Reacher, but maybe that’s just me.

So yes, Tom Cruise, all 5’7″ (according to IMDB.com) of him will play Jack Reacher — if the deal goes through. I have nothing against Cruise; I actually really like him in action roles, but man, it’s going to feel kind of weird seeing Cruise busting heads. Author Lee Child, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to mind. He says of the casting:

Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.

Way to be diplomatic, Lee, you dog.

So there you have it, Reacher fans. Your lord and savior, Lee Child, has given the casting his blessing. Who are we to disagree?

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    If the author in’t complaining then fans really shouldn’t. But who am I to convice the masses?

  • Reacher Fan

    When I first saw this announcement, I did a Face/Palm. Jack Reacher is my favorite series of books (I own them all in hardcover) and I am an avid reader. and collector. I remember the original announcement that One Shot was going to be made into a movie and was really looking forward to seeing Jack Reacher – all 6′ 5″ 250 pounds of him on the big screen.

    Nothing against Tom Cruise, but he isn’t on my list of potential actors who could play Jack Reacher.

    Guess I had the same issue when they made the Wild Wild West and cast Will Smith as Jim West. LOL – he doesn’t look at all like Robert Conrad. Hey – maybe he could be cast as the new James Bond. Makes about as much sense as casting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

  • Jsk995

    I love the Jack Reacher books. I hope someone steps in and stops this insanity. Tom Cruise is better prepared to play the guy/girl in a remake of the Crying Game than Jack Reacher. Love the books, will skip the movie if Cruise plans on ruining a great character. Simply not right for the role. Hopefully he will read any of the books and realize it himself.

  • UberReacherFan

    JUST SAY NO!
    http://www. petitionspot.com/ petitions/TomIsNotReacher That is an online petition (with spaces in so I can post it here) to at least try to dissuade Cruise from doing Reacher this terrible injustice. It doesn’t matter who you think is right for the role I think every single Reacher fan agrees Cruise is just – he’s just – ughhhhh AHUGH UGH BHGUDH….. Sorry about that – I’ve just vomited with impotant rage at the thought of it! I know It’s Child’s creation but saying something like “his size is a metaphor for an unstoppable force”? Reacher ACTUALLY pulls a solid mounted chain free from it’s mountings, not metaphorically. A lot, if not all, Reacher fans will be very disapointed if Cruise does this role. I know I will be.

  • TDR Murphy

    Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher will probably be a deal breaker for me to even see this movie. I’ve read all the books and no way has he ever entered into my psyche as being who should play this part….

  • Twinliz1013

    While I am a Tom Cruise, this role is not for him. Either Kevin Durand (6′ 4″) or Ray Steveson (6’5″) will be a better choice.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Whoa! Good choices!

      Sent on the go.

  • Troll

    Yeah… with Tom Douche as Reacher the movie is going to suck. Not just because of his body size. He can’t play any role that is not an arrogant smartass and Reacher’s is not.

  • Crutch

    Ruined – I refuse to watch it.. it will ruin all of the books for me. its upset me as they are the best books I have read. So disappointed.

  • Kiwi

    I agree with ‘Crutch’, I won’t watch the movie, ever. Watching the trailer was cringing, where in asny of the books does Jack drive a muscle car? There is no comparison between Cruise and Reacher, its like chalk and cheese.

    I am truly gutted that Cruise is going to be playing this role. I wonder who they’ll get to play Leon Garber, Mel Gibson???