This is our first real look at Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the new film in production at Paramount Pictures. The movie is an adaptation of Lee Child’s novel One Shot, and Cruise plays an ex–military policeman turned vigilante drifter, who finds himself drawn into the case of a sniper who randomly targeted civilians.
The movie is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun), and here's what he had to say about the character Crusie is playing in the film,
He is free from any sort of anxiety. He is truly not encumbered by all the bulls–t that makes up our daily lives. He literally and figuratively has no baggage.
He is an extremely pragmatic, matter-of-fact person. He’s very solitary, but he can’t walk away from a situation that needs to be made right. His own sense of right and wrong tie into that situation and he can’t leave until it’s been resolved. That’s his Achilles heel.
Here's a description of the photo that's been released,
Reacher has momentarily escaped view and steps out of the slowly rolling Chevelle to make a quiet, chameleon-like escape while the vehicle drifts away, gathering speed toward that bus in the distance and the Sixth Street Bridge beyond it. It’s a risky calculation, but Reacher thinks he knows where the cops will keep their attention.
Not many fans of the book are on board with Cruise taking on this role because he's too short, but the author of the book thought he was the right choice. Cruise had this to say,
For those of you who know the books, I’m obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher. But Lee felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s–t out of people onscreen.
I think the movie is going to turn out much better than what people are expecting. Now that you've seen a photo of Cruise as Jack Reacher... what do you think?