Tom Cruise’s casting as former military police officer-turned loner Jack Reacher was a controversial one among fans of author Lee Child’s literary character when it was first announced. While Cruise is a far cry from the 6’5”, blonde-haired and muscle-bound ex-MP officer described by Child, the latter gave his blessing to the casting. The resulting Jack Reacher film adaptation – written and directed by Cruise’s frequent collaborator, Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie – was successful enough both critically and commercially to justify continuing Reacher’s adventures on the big screen with a sequel.
The followup is titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and draws inspiration from Child’s 2013 Reacher novel “Never Go Back” for its storyline. Paramount Pictures previously released a “teaser trailer” for the sequel in the form of an Entertainment Tonight promo that combines footage from the movie with interviews clips featuring Cruise’s Never Go Back costar, Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers). However, a proper full-length trailer for the film is now available to watch online, as you can see above.
Here is the official synopsis for Never Go Back that was released with the trailer for the Jack Reacher sequel:
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back follows the title character as he returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she’s missing, he’s being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth – and maybe even a family.
Smulders plays Virginia MP Susan Turner (the new head of Reacher’s former unit) in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, while Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) costars as the young woman who (as the movie’s synopsis references) may or may not be Reacher’s daughter. Although McQuarrie is only a producer on the Jack Reacher sequel, Never Go Back was directed by another Oscar-winner who has collaborated with Cruise before; namely, The Last Samurai‘s helmer Edward Zwick, who co-wrote the film’s script with his writing partner, Marshall Herskovitz. Rounding out the film’s cast are such names as Patrick Heusinger (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Aldis Hodge (Underground), and Holt McCallany (Run All Night), among others.
Never Go Back, similar to its predecessor, blends a pulpy crime/mystery narrative with the action of a contemporary “urban western”, and is shaping up to be yet another solid piece of genre entertainment starring Cruise, judging by the trailer footage. That said, the sequel might fall somewhat short of the bar set by the first Jack Reacher movie – a Tom Cruise vehicle that was further elevated by McQuarrie’s writing/direction and the casting of filmmaker Werner Herzog as an especially nasty villain, among other elements. Still, Cruise rarely takes a misstep with his choices in movie roles nowadays, and Never Go Back looks to uphold his standing as an action star to be reckoned with (even now that he’s in his 50s).
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens in U.S. theaters on October 21st, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures