Tom Cruise Is Jack Reacher

Sorry, folks, but the rumor has been confirmed. Tom Cruise will play Jack Reacher in the film, One Shot, based on Lee Child’s novel, according to Deadline.

Shooting will begin this fall.

As dozens of you have pointed out, the role will be a stretch for Cruise; Reacher is described in the novels as 6’5″ and 250 pounds. Child himself has endorsed Cruise, however, saying, “Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.”

One Shot is the ninth novel in the  Reacher series. Coming this fall is #17, The Affair, (Delacorte, 9/27).

5 Responses to “Tom Cruise Is Jack Reacher”

  1. Jan Says:

    This is so disappointing. I’m surprised that Child backs this.

  2. Common Sense Says:

    Hugh Jackman should play Reacher. I have a tough time believing a 5’5″ actor will have the “Reacher-effect” on people…

  3. Sarah Says:

    What else can he say? I also believe Lee Child has said that he didn’t want creative input etc. into any movies of his books.

    Metaphor schmetaphor. As one other blog put it, Reacher is a “slab of a man” and that’s part of the myth.

  4. Victoria Sullivan Says:

    What a mistake to think Tom Cruise can fill the shoes of the iconic, 6’5, 250 lb Reacher character, not just in stature but in character! It would be a joke, if it wasn’t so sad and disappointing. If the reasoning is that as a veteran actor, Cruise will “make it his own”, then that will be the 2nd biggest mistake. Reacher stands alone in his own right, and although there are probably hundreds of worse choices that Cruise, there has to be someone better!!!

  5. Lois Says:

    I for one will not only avoid the movie, but I am done reading any more Lee Child books. There are enough books on my “to read” list!