Christopher McQuarrie Teases Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ with First Image

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Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher character continue to debate the casting of Tom Cruise in the upcoming adaptation of the novel One Shot (re-titled Jack Reacher). A trailer could help to wither the storm – or, conversely, provide more ammunition for the anti-Cruise crowd. Hopefully, it won’t turn out like the Alex Cross trailer, which validated many a fan’s concern about Tyler Perry playing the title role (in that crime/thriller adaptation).

A trailer for Jack Reacher should be arriving in the near future. In the meantime, we have the first official image of Cruise in the film to share – along with thoughts from Oscar-winning writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) about the Reacher character.

Here’s what McQuarrie told EW, when asked about the namesake of his Jack Reacher project:

“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.”

For those not familiar: Jack Reacher is a former military cop-turned drifter. In Child’s One Shot book (and McQuarrie’s film adaptation), Reacher gets caught up in a dangerous murder case involving an ex-military sniper who is accused of shooting five innocent civilians. Reacher takes it upon himself to uncover the truth about the situation, with assistance from a young defense lawyer (Rosamund Pike) and seasoned homicide detective (David Oyelowo).

Get your first official look at Cruise in Jack Reacher, below:


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The controversy about Cruise playing Reacher has less to do with the star’s ability to portray a stoic, occasionally cold-blooded, warrior onscreen (see: Collateral); rather, it’s due to Cruise literally not being a fit for the part. Reacher is described in Child’s literature as being a 6’5”, blonde, bulky bruiser (think Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth). Many fans feel the character’s physical stature is so fundamental to who he is – from his personality to his motivation – that when you abandon that aspect, you pretty much lose the essence of the character.

On the opposite side is Child, who’s given Cruise his blessing. The response to CinemaCon footage was likewise overall positive, indicating that Cruise’s take on Jack Reacher is quite good on its own terms (though, it may not qualify as a “loyal” interpretation). As mentioned before: we’ll just have to wait and see if the official trailer goes over so well with the masses.

Jack Reacher opens in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2012. Look for a trailer to drop in the foreseeable future.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Well I think I might be okay with Cruise as Reacher. The way I imagined Reacher is pretty close to the picture even if Cruise might be slightly less bulky. I’ll still wait for a trailer to judge if I want to see it.

  2. man, its sad the sh*t cruise gets. he’s a great actor, who can’t get a break from the people for his religion and couch jumping. couch jump i give you, but honestly every religion is just as stupid as scientology. the other religions have just had a longer time to brainwash people.

    • The problem with the Jack Reacher character is that he is too one dimensional. As much as I like reading the books, so often Reacher’s logic is flawed… just like Renji’s. Renji, you may not like religion; that is your prerogative, but to call them “stupid” is itself irrational. It doesn’t deal adequately with the evidence and data. Whether one is talking about the fact that there is something rather than nothing, or with the unsolvable “Mystery” that is a part of life, or the attested phenomena of religious experience, it is irrational and unwarranted simply to dismiss those things you don’t want to deal with just because you don’t like them. Evidence and phenomena are there whether you want to deal with them or not.

  3. I have read most of the Reacher Novels, and Tom Cruise does not fit the image, Jack is 6ft 5in tall and weighs over 200lbs…please, are they gonna have Tom wearing stilts?????

  4. Its not so much the action or acting skills I question, its Reacher’s sheer power in some instances. For me, when reading the book, he throw’s women around like tooth picks. He overpowers groups of enemies while out smarting them. I don’t think Cruise could ever pull that off. I’ll see the movie most likely, but I think the casting will make this a one and done.

  5. This is such a joke. I haven’t got a problem with Cruise as an actor, but this is serious miscasting. Reacher’s size contributes to the person he is and allows him to be a physically unstoppable force. Why Cruise? I’m sure having an actor more suited to the part would be just as, if not more than bankable…

    • I agree. It would be like casting Liam Neeson to play Napoleon Bonaparte. Just as Napoleon’s small size affected his personality and made him who he was (they didn’t coin the phrase “Napoleon Complex” for nothing) so too does Reacher’s huge size affect his personality and make him who he is. I don’t have anything against Tom or his acting either–I have enjoyed many of his films. It’s just bad casting for this role. Neeson should be cast as Reacher and Cruise should be cast as Napoleon.

      • Hear hear. What a wonderful way to summarize the problem – no one would cast a tall Napoleon indeed.

        I also find it quite the slap in the face by Lee Child to the fans who made his books popular enough to make a film possible. He absolutely had control – Cruise stated explicitly that he wouldnot have take the role without Child’s blessing,

      • Actually, my husband thinks Liam Neeson would make a good Reacher.

    • uuurrrghhh!, I almost bit the cinema box office ladies head off when i saw the poster of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher! Unbelievable bad casting. (sorry, box office lady… actually we had a laugh about it in the end..)
      again I say, uuuuurrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!!

    • I think that Bruce Willis would have made a far better Reacher, even if he doesnt quite have the height. when i read lee child’s books i see a guy that stops at nothing, that over powers his enemys and just keeps on coming and Bruce portrays that a lot better than Tom Cruise ever could. Tom’s stature makes him more suited for spy movies (and indeed the MI role was great for him) but Reacher… no, you need that hard ass guy to play him.

  6. what happen to that film that tom was a soldier and he was program to do a mission but dies and comes back to do the same thing untill he gets it right please tell me this isnt it cause one shot sounds familiar but i just hope this isnt it

  7. If your among those who don’t think Cruise is right for the role this picture can’t be all that great.
    It’s just a random shot of Cruise looking like someone just hit the back of his car while sitting in traffic.

  8. It comes out the end of the world? f*** yea im seein my last tom cruise flick!! Lol TC 4 life!! XD

  9. I personally, before I even knew there was to be a movie, thought in my head that if there was to be a movie, I would want someone like Jim Caviezel(off CBS Person of Interest, also some movies) to play Jack. He is big, and good at being quiet and thoughtful. I think at least. I hope that cruize does a good job. I really want this to be a good movie.

  10. OOOOHHHHH… Look at the way he stands… Awesome…

  11. I don’t have a issue with Tom Cruise, I have more of an issue with the people who cast him as Jack Reacher. I like a lot of movies Cruise has been in, because they fit him…but he does not fit Jack Reacher. As any reader of the series knows, Reacher is a big man who does not back down to anyone, and I just don’t see Cruise pulling that off. I was hoping to see someone more weathered, maybe like Brian Bosworth but with better acting chops. I think Chris Helmsworth would be too young to play Reacher too, since by the first book Reacher was already in his 30′s. Maybe John Cena.

    • The best film would be with a complete unkown actor found after months of searching and leading to uncertain box office success. But financiers only back big time actors so that is just a pipe dream.. What bothers me also is that there are a whole series of stories and Jack Reachers acceptance by the cinema going public will be ongoing and TC will most likely just drop the role when it suits or the pay check isn’t high enough….

  12. An example of “a 6’5, blonde, bulky bruiser” should be Dolph Lundgren – not Chris Hemsworth.

  13. Not sure what the big deal is. It’s not like Cruise is going be filming the movie version for every single book. If this movie is a hit and introduces more people to Jack Reacher, then there will be more movies with other actors.

  14. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is like Pee Wee Herman playing Lincoln Rhyme. Such poor casting, or was this role bought??

    • Agree. Totally.

  15. Enough with tom cruise. Cant’see what people see in the man.

  16. Very disappointed, I have read all the Reacher books and cannot see Tom having the physical presence to carry off the part of a 6ft 5in powerhouse. It reminds me of the time Kyle Mclachlan was cast as Jack HIggins’ s Sean Dillon a 5ft 5in Irish albino. Lets just hope that the next Jack Reacher is not Danny De Vito.

    • Love it! Well said! I don´t doubt Cruise (or De Vito) could play a tough guy but readers of the books have an image in mind of their hero and the casting process should respect that.

  17. I’m disgusted with Tom Cruise for his gargantuan ego. I have no problem with him buying the film rights, and producing the film, but come on! If he really loved the Reacher books, he would know what an insult to the author’s vision this is; he’s basically hijacked the character. And of course, I’m disappointed in Lee Child for sacrificing his integrity for what was obviously a huge payday. I just hope the next Reacher novel doesn’t unexpectedly have Jack morphed into a little guy who drives fast cars. Alas, money and star power win again.

  18. I have only just started reading my 1st Jack Reacher book & so far am enjoying it immensely. Having his details at the beginning of the book gave me an image in my head of what he would look like – it wasn’t like Tom Cruise! I’m not sure I can read the rest of the book without picturing Tom Cruise & it just doesn’t ring true with the story. Nothing personal against Mr Cruise but why even describe the character if you’re not going to stay true to it.

  19. Cruise should´ve read the books and inhibited himself from playing this role. My Reacher is NOT like Tom Cruise, and I´m shocked Lee Child agreed to this. Then again, Cruise MIGHT be the right guy since he´ll certainly have to “reach” a whole lot to measure up to the character.

  20. As a professional analyst who has studied the Jack Reacher character very carefully I have come to the conclusion that there is only one person who could do Reacher justice and that is Dolf Lundrem. His height,weight, looks, skills, acting ability and intelligence make him an only choice. Pretty much like Christopher Reeves was perfect for Superman. It is especially sad that Lee Child could make the statement that they could not find anybody else ???