Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher?

Yep.  It’s official.  Tom Cruise WILL play the character Jack Reacher in the movie One Shot based on the 2005 book of the same name.  The character, created by Lee Child, is described in the books as a six foot five inch tall blond dude who weighs in at around 250lbs.  Cruise is… well… none of those things.  Ah well.   That’s the beauty of Hollywood for you.  If you’ve never read one of Lee Child’s Reacher novels you probably won’t care – but if you’re a fan, it might be a tough pill to swallow.

According to the story on the CBS News website, author Lee Child is thrilled with the choice.  He is quoted there as saying “If we’re going to have a movie, then let’s have a movie star in it!”

How do you feel about the choice?  Good, bad – don’t care?  If you could pick any movie star out there to play Reacher, who would you choose?

— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor

By | 2011-07-20T19:35:54+00:00 July 20th, 2011|Books, Buzz|2 Comments


  1. Brig July 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t happy when he was cast as Lestat, but he didn’t do a horrible job… I’ll wait & reserve my judgement. It’s hard to cast an actor over 6′ as it seems that most are short – you can be 5’9″ and tower over the entire cast…

  2. Liz Sweet July 23, 2011 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I think Ben Bailey would have been a good choice. He is tough looking and certainly tall. He is also well known as the host of Cash Cab.

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