As you've all heard by now Paramount Pictures and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie have cast Tom Cruise in the role of Jack Reacher on the upcoming thriller One Shot, which is based on the Lee Child novels. Not too many people are happy with this casting decision, but what can ya do? What's done is done, and frankly I think Cruise will be fine in the role. Here's what he had to say about being cast in the role in an interview with Empire,
Firstly, I'm very sensitive to it, This is Lee's book and Lee's character. Him giving me his blessing is what made me do it. If he hadn't then I wouldn't have done it.
One of the biggest issues that fans had with Cruise's casting was height difference between Reacher and Cruise. To that Cruise said,
Lee told me that the reason he wrote him that size (6'5") is because that was just one element to his character, and that opened the door to me playing him.
Reacher is such a great character. He doesn't have a cell phone, he doesn't have email. He's off the grid. He pays for things in cash. People look at things through the prism of the colors of their life but Jack Reacher does things the way we want to sometimes. In that sense he's sort of Dirty Harry, a James Bond, a Josey Wales.
I'm excited for this movie, I think it will actually end up being pretty good. McQuarrie is a talented writer, and the one film he's directed The Way of the Gun wasn't to bad. But I'm mostly excited about seeing the story brought to life on the big screen.
Here is the official description of the book:
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’sastonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.…
The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best.
Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot….