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UPDATED: Tom Cruise is novelist Lee Child's tough guy Jack Reacher?

Jul. 15, 2011by:

UPDATE: Deadline now confirms that Cruise is a "lock" to play Jack Reacher, and that filming will start in the Fall before the actor makes Joe Kosinski's futuristic OBLIVION.

June 13, 2011: Has Tom Cruise found another franchise to supplement his impossible missions?

According to Deadline, the actor is thinking about taking ONE SHOT, based on one of writer Lee Child's long-running, best-selling thriller books about roving ex-Army cop Jack Reacher. The Paramount movie will be written and directed by THE USUAL SUSPECTS scribe Christopher McQuarrie (who also wrote Cruise's VALKYRIE, and reportedly some of M:I GHOST PROTOCOL).

This isn't Cruise's first flirtation with big Jack -- a few years ago he was planning to produce an adaptation of the same book, which writer Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) was then adapting.

The book finds the tight-lipped, hard-hitting hero investigating a former Gulf War sniper accused of killing several seemingly random civilians, and Reacher must then decipher a puzzle that involves the Russian Mafia.

What about the fact that Cruise is about three feet shorter than the character as written? The author himself apparently doesn't see it as an issue: "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way."

Assuming he commits, Cruise would make the movie some time after OBLIVION, the futuristic project from TRON LEGACY director Joe Kosinski.

Extra Tidbit: Before ONE SHOT was in the works, screenwriter John Rogers (co-creator of TV's "Leverage") adapted the Reacher book KILLING FLOOR.
Source: Deadline

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8:52PM on 06/13/2011
Wrong Wrong Wrong
Wrong Wrong Wrong
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9:08PM on 06/13/2011
I think Cruise can go tougher than Vincent from Collateral. Bring it on.
I think Cruise can go tougher than Vincent from Collateral. Bring it on.
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6:13AM on 06/14/2011
If Cruise brought more intensity than he brought playing Vincent, the shit would officially hit the fan.
If Cruise brought more intensity than he brought playing Vincent, the shit would officially hit the fan.
10:19PM on 06/13/2011
I usually love Cruise in spy/cop mode, but he's been doing it a lot lately. Mission Impossible, Knight & Day, Minority Report, and he was attached to Salt for a while. I'd rather see something more unique from him.
I usually love Cruise in spy/cop mode, but he's been doing it a lot lately. Mission Impossible, Knight & Day, Minority Report, and he was attached to Salt for a while. I'd rather see something more unique from him.
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10:50PM on 06/13/2011
If you've read the books, you'll know that Cruise is desperately wrong for this.
He my like to imagine he's 6-5 and 220 llbs, but he is a midget.
If you've read the books, you'll know that Cruise is desperately wrong for this.
He my like to imagine he's 6-5 and 220 llbs, but he is a midget.
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8:25AM on 07/17/2011
IN some of the books, okay most of them, Reacher is 6-7 (ish) and 250 pounds. Cruise is a joke.
IN some of the books, okay most of them, Reacher is 6-7 (ish) and 250 pounds. Cruise is a joke.
11:35PM on 06/13/2011
This would be a cake walk for Cruise who is at his best when it comes to movies like this.
This would be a cake walk for Cruise who is at his best when it comes to movies like this.
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1:09AM on 06/14/2011
Too bad Matt Damon wasn't cast. Then it would be the most ridiculously tubular cinematic experience in history!
Too bad Matt Damon wasn't cast. Then it would be the most ridiculously tubular cinematic experience in history!
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3:10AM on 06/14/2011

Nothing like a Sniper movie!!

Theres not much Cruise cant do. Glad to see the author involved to keep the movie accurate to the novel as possible. So If the author himself doesn't see his size as an issue, i am defiantly on board. Great book, would love to see it on the silver screen
Theres not much Cruise cant do. Glad to see the author involved to keep the movie accurate to the novel as possible. So If the author himself doesn't see his size as an issue, i am defiantly on board. Great book, would love to see it on the silver screen
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9:31AM on 06/14/2011

Worst casting ever

I'm a big(ish) Tom Cruise fan, but he is completely wrong for this role.
I'm a big(ish) Tom Cruise fan, but he is completely wrong for this role.
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9:56AM on 06/14/2011
I've only read a smidge of One Shot, and I already gather the idea that Cruise is certainly not fit for the role. He just seems to huge and superhuman of an actor to play a person like Reacher. Why not get someone more grounded and realistic like Jim Caviezel or even, dare I say, Scott Adkins. That man shows promise, just needs acting lessons.
I've only read a smidge of One Shot, and I already gather the idea that Cruise is certainly not fit for the role. He just seems to huge and superhuman of an actor to play a person like Reacher. Why not get someone more grounded and realistic like Jim Caviezel or even, dare I say, Scott Adkins. That man shows promise, just needs acting lessons.
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10:58AM on 06/14/2011
Jack Reacher is described by Lee child in the novels as being nearly the size of John Cena. I typically picture a a large Thomas Jane when I read Reacher novels anyway. A 5'7" Tom Cruise is far from what is described in the novels.
Jack Reacher is described by Lee child in the novels as being nearly the size of John Cena. I typically picture a a large Thomas Jane when I read Reacher novels anyway. A 5'7" Tom Cruise is far from what is described in the novels.
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11:22AM on 06/14/2011

Absolutely HORRIBLE casting.

This is one movie where the character's size absolutely plays an integral part of his character, and 5'7" Tom Cruise does not fit the bill. Dolph Lundgren, on the other hand, IS Jack Reacher!
This is one movie where the character's size absolutely plays an integral part of his character, and 5'7" Tom Cruise does not fit the bill. Dolph Lundgren, on the other hand, IS Jack Reacher!
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2:45PM on 07/16/2011
Dolph Lundgren in any role is horrible casting.
Dolph Lundgren in any role is horrible casting.
12:04AM on 07/16/2011
From the description of the character, Tom Hardy should get the role
From the description of the character, Tom Hardy should get the role
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12:23AM on 07/16/2011
Jack Reacher?.....What crappy name.
Jack Reacher?.....What crappy name.
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4:34PM on 07/18/2011
Oh the irony.
Oh the irony.
3:31AM on 07/16/2011

Eh.

From the hours I've spent half listening to my roommate pontificate about Jack Reacher I can see Cruise in the role.

Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. Hmm, maybe commenting on this is ill-advised seeing as I have no emotional attachment to the character whatsoever.

Eh, if I can buy Cruise as an agent of IMF I don't see why this won't work for me if I ever get around to seeing this.
From the hours I've spent half listening to my roommate pontificate about Jack Reacher I can see Cruise in the role.

Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. Hmm, maybe commenting on this is ill-advised seeing as I have no emotional attachment to the character whatsoever.

Eh, if I can buy Cruise as an agent of IMF I don't see why this won't work for me if I ever get around to seeing this.
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5:50AM on 07/16/2011
It always amazes me that people doubt Tom Cruise's ability. When was the last time he failed to deliver in a role? Even as a Nazi war hero in Valkyrie, one of the oddest casting decisions ever, he was outstanding.
It always amazes me that people doubt Tom Cruise's ability. When was the last time he failed to deliver in a role? Even as a Nazi war hero in Valkyrie, one of the oddest casting decisions ever, he was outstanding.
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4:16PM on 07/16/2011

Why not?

Everyone complained when Cruise was cast as Lestat in Interview With A Vampire too. A role he did an excellent job with in my opinion.
Everyone complained when Cruise was cast as Lestat in Interview With A Vampire too. A role he did an excellent job with in my opinion.
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8:19AM on 07/17/2011

Are you kidding???

Reacher would bitch slap Cruise. I'm a huge Reacher fan, and this is an insult.
Reacher would bitch slap Cruise. I'm a huge Reacher fan, and this is an insult.
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5:20PM on 07/17/2011
I've always thought Tom Cruise was a terrific actor, and I have no doubt he can fill the shoes of another modern-day action hero. The only problem is I'm sure his Jack Reacher will be pretty much the same as his Ethan Hunt, and his John Anderton.
I've always thought Tom Cruise was a terrific actor, and I have no doubt he can fill the shoes of another modern-day action hero. The only problem is I'm sure his Jack Reacher will be pretty much the same as his Ethan Hunt, and his John Anderton.
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