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Will Tom Cruise Play Jack Reacher?

Nordling here.

I'm a big fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books.  I love the character - Reacher, an ex-military cop, wants nothing but to be left alone, as he travels the countryside with nothing but the clothes on his back and the money in his wallet, but he always seems to get sucked into events that surround him, and he uses his training, his intelligence, and his sheer physicality when he has to to beat the bad guys.  It shouldn't be a terribly difficult nut to crack when it comes to making movies adapted from these books.  All the books are paced along similar lines and, with the exception of a few of them, don't really bleed into one another.  It's to Child's credit that you could pick up any of the books in the series and read them without having to know the extensive back story.  I've read all the Reacher books, and even now, many books later, Child has found a formula that works and keeps the character interesting and compelling.

Deadline is reporting that Skydance Productions and Christopher McQuarrie (good choice of director, by the way - WAY OF THE GUN is the exact type of film that would work for Reacher) are negotiating with Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher in ONE SHOT.  Apparently Cruise has the support of Lee Child to play the role - "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way," said Childs.  If Cruise signs on, ONE SHOT would be made after he shoots OBLIVION with Joseph Kosinski.

Now, Reacher is 6'5".  Cruise... isn't.  He in no way matches the physicality of the role.  When Reacher enters a room, you know it.  Although he can operate in stealth, Reacher's sheer size is enough to intimidate everyone in the general area.  But when it comes to taking down someone, Reacher's almost clinical in how he does it.  No long strung out fistfights for him - he locates the weak spot in a person, and then simply, without passion, breaks it.  If a screen fight with Reacher lasts more than 15 seconds, they got it wrong.  He's highly tactical, dispassionate in action (except when he truly gets angry, then he's practically a robot), and nothing Cruise has made before in his film roster suggests that he's played anything like this.

That said, I'm not dismissing Cruise for the part entirely.  He's definitely not anything approaching a first choice (I actually think Karl Urban would be excellent for it if he bulked up - Urban's 6'1") but I think if given the chance Cruise could find the intensity in the role.  Before you all get riled up down there in Talkback, understand that there are many, many other actors I'd prefer to see play Reacher first.  I just don't think Cruise is the worst possible choice.  I know Dwayne Johnson's name has been thrown around a lot, and he matches the physicality, but I haven't seen anything in Johnson's acting roles that suggests that he could pull off the quiet nature of the character any more than Cruise could.  There aren't a whole lot of 6'5" actors out there who could play the part convincingly and have the clout to open the film, so casting for Reacher, even without Cruise's involvement, would be difficult at best.  I do think Chris McQuarrie is a terrific choice for director, though.  I'm certain the movie is in good hands that way.  Once casting is confirmed, we'll know more then.

Nordling, out.

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  • June 14, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Fuck Tom Cruise

    by UMAGA

    That little prick.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST


    by JMH1973

    Cruise has a way of getting people to underestimate him. I wasn't a fan of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE but he was good and pretty much shut Anne Rice up when she voiced her objections, even though she hadn't seen one frame of him in the movie. If Cruise has Child's blessing and he can play the part as written, I'd be interested in giving ONE SHOT a day in court. That being said, I'd like to see Urban in the role. He'd be perfect. As for The Rock, no way. I like Dwayne but he's better suited to tongue-in-cheek action movies like THE RUNDOWN. When he tries to act and be serious, you get movies like FASTER.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is GAY with Tim Robbins

    by UMAGA

    The only possible explanation of why he was in War of the Worlds.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth

    by Andy Gillespie

    Are you all mental? This guy is the obvious choice!

  • June 14, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    dr strangepork

    by Tristan

    HAHA. The first thing I thought was: Jack Reacharound

  • June 14, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Cruise HAS played such a role... In COLLATERAL

    by Cinemajerk

    You were totally wrong when you wrote that Cruise has never played a disspassiont killer who could dispatch a target with minimal effort. His role as hitman Vincent in Michael Mann's COLLATERAL was EXACTLY this type of character you describe. Cruise has the chops to pull this off no doubt.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    sure, why not. I'm sure he's got a few more good roles in it

    by Citizin_insane

  • June 14, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Cruise can only play Reacher on the radio.

    by palimpsest

    OK action actor he may be. Six and a half foot tall ex-MP he ain't. Stand him on a box.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST


    by sundancekeed

    Came to mind immediately.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    He's not right for Reacher

    by Peter

    Reacher is a huge man who uses his exceptional, training, discipline, physical domination and intelligence to win the frequent confrontations he chooses to allow happen. He's not the instigator, but he definitely ends fights with economy and force. He's a quiet, aging nomad. Zen without being a Buddhist. And he's probably not that pretty. I always pictured him as thin on top, chiselled, determined and unsmiling. I have no problem with Cruise, just like I have no problem with Danny Devito, Morgan Freeman or Jim Carry but NONE of them suit the role of Reacher. Back in the day, Eastwood. Today - don't know.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    First, to say Jack Reach-around. Okay second... BUT I WONT BE THE LAST!

  • June 14, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    petermck, Liam Neeson? The guy you describe sound pretty much like his character in TAKEN.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I always envisioned Richard Burgi as Reacher,

    by caipirina

  • June 14, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I always envisioned Richard Burgi as Reacher,

    by caipirina

  • June 14, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Neeson's about the only major star suitable

    by palimpsest


  • June 14, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST


    by caipirina

    ... don't press enter to get a new line while you are in the subject field ... lesson learned. The Cruise name has been around for a while as Reacher, but I just don't see it. Rather find an unknown guy who matches the description and sign him up for 10+ films. Now, if only they could put together a GOOD Dirk Pitt movie ... the novels are great, but the last movie attempt was super lame.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Okay actor/TERRIBLE choice

    by Spartacus44

    Tom Cruise would be a terrible choice to play Reacher. In the books his physicality is so important and integral to who he is and how he deals with situations (and how people deal with him) that someone of TC's stature is just all wrong - no matter how good an actor he is. Sorry but just wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai

    by Peter

    Liam Neeson? Yes - very good call. If he worked out a bit and got that American accent right. He's got the right physicality and he's a great actor. However, I'm Scottish and have spent a sum total of 11 days of my 40 years in the USA. And *I* think his US accent stinks. But, he's definitely the man.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by Peter

    Could almost be retitled "Jack Reacher's European Vacation".

  • June 14, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Cruise playing Reacher? More Like Reacheround...

    by AndrewWanKenobi

    Am i right?

  • June 14, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    dunno, Danny Devito had that great scene in Get Shorty

    by durhay

    when he did "the look." I think he could pull it off. But I would like to see Liam Neeson in Taken 2: One Shot.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:45 a.m. CST

    What's interesting about this?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Genuinely curious, the description sounds pretty bland. Stoic badass with unmatched combat skills? We've seen that how many times by now? Sounds like a pretty by the beats action flick, which in itself isn't something to complain about, but not something to necessarily get excited about either. In fact we JUST saw Johnson play this type of role in Faster (which I liked). Is there something that makes this project worthwhile or interesting?

  • June 14, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise? Ridiculous.

    by batmans_pants

    Jack Reacher is a 6'5" 230lb blonde. The polar opposite to Tom. If he is cast in this movie then it will be a Jack Reacher movie in name only. I for one will not even bother to watch it. I suspect that anyone that has read even one of the series of books by Lee Child will feel the same way. Please someone, tell me this is bullshit.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST


    by batmans_pants

    Agreed. hemsworth looks the part and has the physical presence to be Reacher. Anyone who thinks cruise should do this and hasn't read any of the books, please do so. Casting Cruise in this part would be like casting Pee-Wee Herman as Conan. Fucking joke.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by batmans_pants

    Yeah. I could go with that. Also thought the same when I first started reading Reacher. Possibly a little old for it now though...

  • June 14, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by Spandau Belly

    Cruise played a hitman who would take down dudes with quick clinical precision.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Love the books, love Cruise but HELL no! Dwayne

    by SID 8.0

    Johnson all the way. Whenever I read those books I picture him. In the book "Tripwire" he gets shot in the chest by a .38 and survives. The doctor tells him your body is uniquely designed to take that punishment. Can any of you see Cruise surviving a shot like that? Now can you see Johnson going down with one shot from a .38?

  • June 14, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    "Jack Reacher" sounds like a tired, worn-out concept

    by BenBraddock

    The character description above is just laughable. Honestly, where's the originality? Sounds like just another of any number of fictional hard-ass, ruthless killing machines - bit of Bond, Rambo, Bourne etc etc. Sorry but unless you can bring something new to the table, it's been done to death.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    I always imagined Tom was a bottom...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Thus, he may ASK for a reacharound, but he would never perform one. Oh... And hi, Willy--wherever you're hiding. Come forth. Your education is not yet complete, my dear.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    A Personal Side Note...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... I commented on this same story (under a different name) on Slashfilm, and is my imagination, or are their commenters either (1) the most humorless twats on the planet and/or (2) infiltrated by industry insiders who squeal like stuck pigs every time legitimate criticism is levied at a movie, casting decision, or director/writer attachment?

  • June 14, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by photoboy

    I've read some of the books, and I think Cruise could pull it off. I know he's short in real life, but I never really notice it in the films he does thanks to clever camera work and very big boxes for Cruise to stand on. In terms of other actors who could play the part, I've no idea really. Maybe Tom Hardy? He's pretty short too I think, but he's got the acting chops.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Perhaps Karl Urban. I'm not sure how tall he is but

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    quite honestly he can act both in physical action roles, and isn't just a side of beef. I think Chronicles of Riddick showed this best as I havent' seen Pathfinder. Speaking of which if we stuck Clancy Brown in the way back machine that would work too.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    A quick google search...

    by Nicodemus07

    ...Reveals Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler. Two actors over six foot famous enough to open a movie. Thoughts? I've never read the books, so these choices may suck, but hey, at least I tried.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    After seeing Butler in Law Abiding Citizen I can see it.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    He's big, but wasn't 300 roided out. If you forget his crappy Jennifer Anniston movies, and recall how he picked apart his oppenents in that I think you'll see he can do it. Accent aside, why has no one suggest Statham? Or, did I miss those comments.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    No one has mentioned the best actor for the job....

    by Daniel Wood

    Thomas Jane! C'mon people, the guy was awesome in The Punisher and I still can't see why they recast it for Warzone. Everytime a new Reacher novel comes out, I always think of Thomas Jane as the role. Like Nathan Fillion should be Drake!

  • Every glib, ill-conceived, plays-by-his-own-rules antihero is named Jack. Until further notice, it's over. Find another name. Maybe it's because names like Doug or Chris don't intimidate anybody.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Apparently Cruise has the support of Lee Child

    by batmans_pants

    Really? On Lee Child's website he states: "FYI, Lee figures as long as Hollywood leaves the novel-writing to him, he'll leave the movie-making to them. He will not be working on the screenplay nor involved in choosing the cast, not even who plays Reacher. " Reacher is described in the books as a guy that you wouldn't want to sit next to on a train or a bus. You'd cross the street to avoid him. He has trouble getting lifts on the highways when he's hiking due to his intimidating presence. Sound like Tom Cruise? Not even slightly.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Yeah, too many Jacks. Remember Jack Slater IV?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Thomas Jane wouldn't work because Punisher is too similar. Except for one being drawn in to the action, and one seeking out reveng the characters are too similar I think. I could be wrong. I've never read the stories. Maybe I should get around to it.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    6'5"? Get Conan fucking O Brien to do this role!!!1

    by Lamerz

    Hell yeah ...

  • June 14, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    bass ackwards

    by batmans_pants

    Yep. I will concede that that is what it looks like. But it ain't. Reacher posseses intelligence in spades. He gets results by working the clues. An excellent investigator who's most powerfull weopon is his brain. It just so happens he is also a badass who will kick the shit out of you if you mess with him. He is however fallible, makes mistakes and gets it wrong sometimes. Sorry to all TBs for the multitude of posts, but I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and this news just plain sucks for me and those of us who have been waiting on this character to make his debut on the screen.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Alexander Skarsgard

    by DannyOcean01

    Cast him. Cast him now. And yes, McQuarrie is a good choice based on Way Of The Gun. Love that film and the final firefight is really well orchestrated.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Why not Ray Stevenson?

    by pearlanddean

    He's got the size and can play the intensity. Please God not Cruise, even Michael Madsen or Dolph would be better thann him.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Saying that

    by DannyOcean01

    Cruise is completely believable as a clinical assassin in Collateral.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Yes, I like it... cue voiceover man... Warwick Davies *is* JACK REACHER!

  • June 14, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    No way man, didn't you see Dinklage mess up Will Ferrell

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And, he's not afraid of Vin Diesel either.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    In the 1700s we would have burned Tom Cruise alive

    by Ricardo

    Today, we pay him millions.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Yes, the material SEEMS stale...

    by Peter

    ...and in the hands of a lesser writer, the Reacher stories could have been terrible. Lee Child, however, writes sparse, pointed prose and plots like the best modern noir writers. It's Shakespeare, compared with James Patterson or many other crime hacks. I'd say Michael Connelly's Bosch novels are as economical with words and as tightly plotted, although the subject matter is very different. Don't expect lengthy, hackneyed action scenes in Reacher novels - he's as likely to deliver one devastating punch to an antagonist, ending the fight in the most efficient way. It's the plot, writing and compelling, intelligent, no-nonsense hero that brings in the readers, time and again. Give them a try. Lee Child is British, but clearly fascinated with Americana and the great noir writers. To be honest, I'm not sure they'll translate all that well or that films are even needed.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by Peter

    Too young. Reacher is a retired Military Policeman. He's past his best, but he's still better than you! The more I think about it, the more I'd back Neeson. Right age, right height and proper acting chops.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    sound like littlest hobo

    by Li75

    you know, the one with the dog that wanders from town to town sorting shit out :)

  • June 14, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I read Ordinary Decent Criminal a few weeks back

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    and the notes, and cover exclaims it as Tarantinoesque etc. It's the usual noir vein, but it was pretty good. I forget the author's name, but in a nutshell it's about a con going straight, marries his redeeming sweetheart, and swears off a life of crime until he's hounded by the police after his house is robbed, and he kills the intruders. I recommend it as an entertaining read. It was a tad tricky to follow references in a few parts as the writer is Canadian, and it was set in Canada, but it was pretty good stuff.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Liam Neeson's cock would be great in this role.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    It's 6'4", tanned, rested and ready to work.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by Rob D

    I've been a fan of this site for years but reading this actually motivated to make my first post. This would be an awful choice in so many ways. Cruise is completely wrong for this role. Only they pull this off is to cast the entire movie with actors under 4' 5. Someone at the studio needs to grow a sack and come up with an original casting choice.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    by geoff

    Gotta say this is one role where size does matter, casting Tom Cruise would be like casting Danny Devito as the Kingpin or Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross. I'd go with Gerard Butler, or maybe Neesan. As for accent though, I can't see how it would matter, Reacher is half French and grew up on military bases around the world, I doubt he's got a particularly pinpointable accent. Actually though if you just digitally doubled his size Devito is actually the right shape for Kingpin, let the campaign start here!!!

  • June 14, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Taylor Mane is the right choice

    by TruantOranje

    But get that fucker a haircut. Jack Reacher's farts are taller than Tom Cruise.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I meant

    by TruantOranje

    Tyler Mane. Stupid brain.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Cruise thought they said Jack "Reach-around"

    by Franklancer

    so thats why he was eager to sign, but really, didn't Knight and day prove cruise can't put butts in seats? better role for neeson or gerard butler, or even that hugh jackman guy

  • June 14, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    The twist is that they're shooting this in Munchkinland

    by spacehog

    So it works surprisingly well. I've never read one of these; do they play the Incredible Hulk closing credits music at the end of every book?

  • 'nuff said.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Nordling, you SHOULD be dismissing Cruise for the part entirely

    by slone13

    He is completely 100% wrong for the role. The Rock would be a good fit. Chris Jericho probably resembles Reacher more but he's just too bland. Anyone not totally disgusted with Cruise as this character can't have any genuine appreciation for a real Jack Reacher movie.

  • June 14, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Well as I've never read the books I can't have a real appreciation.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I've never heard of the books before today. I am off to the library later. I will have to add this to my list. Well actually I'll start with the first one.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Ahem. Josh Holloway.

    by Nick


  • June 14, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    You gotta be F*CKING KIDDING ME!!!

    by fanboy71

    That would be the worst casting possible. As a fan of the Reacher novels, I picture a somewhat younger Dolph Lundgren. Not a 150lb midget. (no offense to actual midgets)

  • June 14, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    We need to talk about Kevin...

    by Sulis

    Costner would nail it as an older Reacher (which is when One Shot is set).

  • June 14, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    15 seconds or less

    by The StarWolf

    Sounds like a Doc Savage moment. In the novels, the Omniscient Narrator(tm) once declared that, if Doc ever needed more than one punch to take down an opponent, he' probably double his daily training regimen.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Don't know the novels... How about Ray Stevenson?

    by Snake Foreskin

    Brit? American? What nationality is Jack Reacher? If he's supposed to be a big boy, it will run into the same problems that American Gods will run into. There just aren't very many big boys out there who can really act. Depending on how old the character of Jack reacher is supposed to be, Ray Stevenson comes to mind. He already did that Punisher movie, so maybe Frank Castle's a bit too close to Jack Reacher. But he is Titus Pullo, after all. 6'4", tough as nails when he wants to be yet has a glint in his eye that speaks to a mischievous streak. And he can definitely do brooding... yep, Ray Stevenson is a force to be reckoned with.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by Green Arrow

    Michael Fassbender could pull this off. That guy is awesome on screen.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Would be awesome

  • June 14, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I thought you meant Kevin Nash

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • June 14, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    what about Mads Mikkelson of VALHALLA RISING fame?

    by AssyMuffJizz

    He's only 6 feet even, but you betcha I'd avoid him on street or on bus.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    The perfect actor for the role is...

    by ccRider66

    Kevin Durand.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    I hope this is just a rumor, I always though Mark Valley from Human Target should play Reacher.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    If Dinklage is busy

    by Evan Dent

    I vote for Clive Owen.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Kevin Durand huh?

    by fanboy71

    I like it. Reacher was about 37 when he left the military, so not actually retirement age. He took a discharge when budget cuts caused the military to shrink. So Neeson is too old, Hemsworth is too young, Cruise is too... Cruise. From wiki: Reacher is a giant, standing at 6' 5" tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 220 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg). He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He has very little body fat and his muscular physique is completely natural. Reacher is strong enough to break a man's neck with one hand (Bad Luck and Trouble) and kill a villain with a single punch to the head (61 Hours) or chest (Worth Dying For). In a fight against a 7 foot, 400 lb steroid using thug, Reacher was able to lift his opponent into the air and drop him on his head. You know what, I just looked it up, and Dolph Lundgren is 53 or 54, and has the exact look for Reacher, so I take back what I said about him being too old. Dolph is Reacher!

  • June 14, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Stephen Merchant...

    by Lion_O

    is about 6'5 right? Now seeing him in the fight scenes; that would be hilarious ;) Tom Cruise isn't right for me, I can only imagine the character as physically imposing - if Ron Perlman was younger he's more what I'd imagine. I mean, Reacher was never meant to be that good-looking, right? Just a man's man; another thing Tom Cruise isn't... at least not in that sense!

  • June 14, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Kevin Durand would be my choice

    by DirkD13"

    He's the right build and is a fine actor to boot.

  • June 14, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Two words

    by syn_flood

    Jason Statham

  • June 14, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    ok im gonna say who should play Jack reacher..the most obvious choice is

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Chris Hemsworth he's got the size & he can pull off the quiet intesity angle quite well

  • June 14, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by Omar B

    Dolph is another great choice, but I still would go with Mark Valley.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    omar b

    by fanboy71

    Mark Valley has a good look but measures in at 5'11". Not exactly intimidating. Look at Dolph's main picture on his IMBD page. That's Reacher. A guy you would cross the street to avoid. Go to and check out the picture of Reacher in the upper left corner. Even though the face is shadowed, it looks a lot like Dolph Lundgren.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Tony Danza!

    by DonkeyBalls

  • That's only 2 inches taller than Cruise. Dolph Lundgren is perfect!! And while we're at it... Manu Bennett for Mitch Rapp!!

  • June 14, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Hemsworth is too young

    by Peter

    Come back in 20 years. Mark Valley - not a bad choice. Maybe too pretty. Still voting for Neeson. Reacher may have 37 when he left the military, but the books cover a lot of time and in my mind, he's not far shy of 50 years old. Not that a trivial thing like age matters to Reacher, a guy who wades into town, dresses in the cheapest clothes the local discount store have to offer and throws them away when done. Someone referenced "The Littlest Hobo". Actually, that's not far off the mark. Reacher is a hobo with a military pension and he doesn't go looking for trouble. It just finds him.

  • Tom Cruise may be a fine actor, and I certainly enjoy his movies, but he really is quite the wacko. That's not even debatable at this point. Not that it's his fault. He's been brainwashed by an evil cult. But what you see of Tom Cruise from his public appearances is not the real Tom Cruise. For instance, you'll never hear him admit he believes he has levitation powers even though that's one of the criteria of his position in Scientology. Hell, you won't even hear him admit to the Xenu story even though we know it is in fact Scientology's real origin story and Church spokesman Tommy Davis has already reluctantly admitted to it in an interview. And if ever an interviewer asks Tom Cruise about the Xenu story, you're very likely to see him fly off the handle insisting that it's offensive to even discuss what Scientologists really believe. Of course the real reason he wouldn't admit to it is that he believes the knowledge itself will literally cause people to die of pneumonia. I also recommend you watch the hilarious leaked footage of Cruise's interview he did for Scientology where he casually talks about all sorts of crazy stuff that he never thought would ever been seen outside of Scientology: As for your claim that he's right about the pharmaceutical companies, not really, no. First of all, his charge is against the entire field is psychiatry and not just pharmaceuticals. And while there may be a kernal of legitimate criticism against pharmaceuticals, there is simply no denying the fundamental facts concerning psychiatry and pharmacology. Cruise not only denies that mental illness is caused by chemical imbalances (he believes they're caused by billion-year-old alien ghosts) but believes psychologists are responsible for the Holocaust, 9/11, and just about every bad thing that has ever happened. How do we know this is what Scientologists believe? They show you their anti-psychiatry propaganda videos when you come to their centers and they have an actual "museum" you can go to that says all this. The name of that museum is "Psychiatry: An Industry Of Death Museum." I also invite you to read the New Yorker expose on Scientology that interviewed Paul Haggis among other former members:

  • June 14, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    "Sheer physicality" -- ya, Cruise doesn't have that

    by stew

  • June 14, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    jacksparasites - post of the day

    by SmokingRobot

    Good job. Although I personally never met a psychiatrist I wouldn't mind running through with a sword.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by Mutley

    This is kinda like Carradine Kung Fu + Bixby Hulk? Or, is it more interesting than that?

  • June 14, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Garret Dillahunt is an inspired choice.

    by Somerichs

    Mostly cos I liked him so much in Deadwood, but he definitely has the physicality and the acting chops. I do like the Kevin Durand suggestion, too, but I don't see it happening, he's not a big enough name. Ray Stevenson looks the part, too. I don't know too much about him, though. Anyway, I can understand possibly making some concessions on the size of the actor portraying Reacher; there's not too many big guys out there who could also open a big film. But Cruise? Seriously? I'll echo what everyone else here is saying and say that's about the worst casting choice in the history of casting choices. Even worse than Cruise as Lestat, and that's saying something. My humble opinion is that Cruise is using what clout he has left these days (which is still probably somewhat considerable, if not what it was at the height, no pun intended, of his career) to yet again portray the kind of character he wishes he could be in real life... :)

  • June 14, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Jack ReacherRound is more like it.

    by Chest_Rockwell

    Everyone knows he's as queer as a football bat.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Adam Baldwin.

    by kravmaguffin

    He's 6'4" and looks the right age, plus he can act.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Another great call, Krav.

    by Somerichs

    "If I'm gonna die for a word, my word is Poon-tang." :) If this were a TV series based on Reacher, I'll bet they'd hire him, too. But again, perfect as he might be for the part, I don't think he has the box office clout to be seriously considered.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Eriq La Salle's Lucas Davenport

    by Guy Gaduois

    thinks this is bad casting. I picture Ron Perlman. Now THAT'S a face.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Mark Wahlberg's Bob Lee Swagger

    by Guy Gaduois

    sees Eric La Salle's racial discrepancy and raises with a contrived change in plot premise, time setting, and obvious lack of physical stature. And I take back my Ron Perlman for Reacher and must insist that he play Bob Lee's father, Earl Swagger.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Rooster Cogburn's Eyepatch

    by Guy Gaduois

    is of course completely out of place and yet being successfully miscast has failed to yield an increase in casting or miscasting for other aspiring eyepatch. Nick Fury's eyepatch feels awkward, being appropriately placed yet on the wrong color guy, you know, not racially, but technically speaking.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman's Alex Cross

    by Guy Gaduois

    wants to play piss poor casting and says "how much to get in on this action?"

  • June 14, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I hope not!

    by chudson

    Cruise is not Reacher! Just by sheer size, Reacher has a quiet intimidation when he enters the scene. Cruise couldn't bring that.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Like I stated before, Cruise is clearly a bottom...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    And would therefore ASK for the reacharound -- not perform it. Just ask Wee Willy Faulkner. He'll validate this as truth. I wouldn't know. I'm a top.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I know he's not 6'5...

    by Chris Weber

    ...but Josh Holloway, anyone?

  • June 14, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    So I'm back from the library. I grabbed

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    61 Hours, The Hard Way, and Worth Dying For. I don't have any idea in which order they're written. I'll have to see, and then dig in. They didn't have One Shot.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    tom cruise is not a tough guy.

    by tacoplenty

    Seriously hollywood dudes think it through. TC is not a tough guy. he's a wuss. Get someone that meets the physical attributes of Jack Reacher. I know Hollywood is populated with these tiny people. Not an excuse for casting TC in anything that requires physical intimidation and, you know, acting. The guy that plays Thor would be better.

  • June 14, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Aaron Eckhart for Reacher.

    by Fortunesfool

  • June 14, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Cruise=horrible choice, but as far as height

    by Jbud

    Why get hung up on that? Haven't there always been ways to film actors so they seem taller, from apple boxes to creative camera angles to casting really short actors in the other roles?

  • June 14, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • June 14, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    grammaton cleric binks and jbud

    by Somerichs

    Grammaton, you can just about read them in whatever order you like, although I would actually hold off on 61 hours for the last. You can plow through one in a day or two depending on how much time you have. They aren't Shakespeare or anything, but they are typically well-written, well thought out stories, with Reacher using both his brains and his brawn to work through the situations in which he finds himself. <P> jbud, agreed on getting hung up on height, to a point. I say six feet, 6' 1" would work just fine, but Cruise is truly diminutive, and everyone knows it. Read one of the books and I'll bet you'll agree you can only ignore the physicality up to a point...

  • June 14, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • June 14, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • June 14, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • June 14, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a perfect role for Ray Stevenson.

    by AsimovLives

    A physically huge actor who's also excelent in the acting department thanks to his sharespearean theater background. Anybody how watched ROME knows what i'm talking about.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Not without extensive CGI

    by UnCoolNews

    I could see Tom Cruise as Repairman Jack, maybe, but not Jack Reacher. There are several plot point in the Reacher books that are contingent on him being a beast physically. (Didn't he get shot in the chest in one and and only reason it didn't kill him was that he'd been digging pools for 6 months and his pecs were massive?) I think Thomas Jane would be perfect (the Reacher books are *nothing* like the Punisher...he's almost always a guy just trying to mind his own business and trouble just finds him) and Keith Urban or Josh Holloway could probably pull it off too.

  • Nord remember the club fight in "Collateral" No long winded fist fight stuff there. He took out one guy with a strike to the inside of his knee. I suggest collar bones. No matter how big the mark is- everyone has them and they are not easy to get too if you know what you are doing. It's what I would do if I was outmatched in a fight and my life depended on victory. No ones going to fight you back when you dislocate or tear the ligaments in their sternoclavicular joint. Any upper arm movement they tried to pull off after an attack on that area would be potentially deadly for them, since the jugular vein is behind this joint. When this joint has been damaged that bone can puncture that artery, nevermind all the nerves it tweaks- Which are major pain receptors. The victim would be easy picking after that, and it's pretty easy to close in on this area. Lastly the surgery to fix it involves tying the collar bone down to the top with a donar tendon, since there's no way to really repair tears in this joint as it used to be because of the risks involved with all the important venous and nerve structures behind it. The recipient would have compromised motion and somewhat of a disfigured apperance in that shoulder for the rest of their life. All he has to do is grasp the top of the collar bone and pull it towards him. Game over.

  • damn typo

  • June 14, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    is Jack Reacher an "angry young man"? cuz thats all Cruise does.

    by FleshMachine

    fuck tom cruise.....he's dead to me now.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I don't say much around here...

    by mrblonde1

    but what the fuck? If it was April 1st I'd be laughing. This is the worst casting news I've ever read! I've read all but a couple Reacher books and think they are stupid and fun. But the guy is 6'5 and it's a very large part of his persona and how people interact with him. Cruise is so wrong on so many levels. His height, his energy, his pretty boy looks, everything. If I had a time machine Clint Eastwood would be Reacher, now I'd Say Neeson, or maybe the Comedian from Watchmen (how tall is he?) but Jerry McGuire as Reacher will keep me - and a lot of other fans far away from the theater.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    his ego wont allow him to play anything other than a "superman"

    by FleshMachine

    his choice of roles says everything about him.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale anyone?

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

  • June 14, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne


  • June 14, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Omar B

    I get what you say about Mark valley being too small at 5-11 for it. I was thinking about him on HT and how he played that role. I agree that Dolph in the 80's-early 90's would have been perfect.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Jack Reach Around.

    by Yelsaeb

    Sorry, I had to.

  • June 14, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    How about Ray Stevens ?

    by durhay

    "Everything is beautiful" over the end credits.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    He's free now.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    David Hasselhoff!!

    by DonkeyBalls

  • June 14, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth (6'3) should be who they

    by moonlightdrive

  • June 14, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth (6'3) should be who they're after for this role

    by moonlightdrive

    Got the size and the acting chops for it. Ok, so he's not a big a name yet like the others mentioned but so what. You make a good movie, you get people in the seats. Sorry about the double post; keyboard fumble haha

  • June 14, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    wrong wrong wrong

    by Anino

    HUGE fan of the books, met Lee Child a few times and when I asked him THIS very question (he said he gets it all the time), he was saying (at the time) he thought Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence was closest to the persona. Reacher's size is too integral to his character AND to types of adversaries Reacher deals with. It would be like trying to pull a semi stuck in a muddy ditch with a freaking Yugo. No matter how spunky and determined the driver is, it ain't gonna happen. Chance whats-his-name from Generation Kill would be perfect. Look him up.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Horrible Choice

    by KrowNinja

    I think Tom Cruise is a really talented actor, but.... If I was making a sarcastic joke about the kind of actor they should choose to play this character, Tom Cruise might come to mind as the absolute opposite of what is needed. This is a role where the physical presence is really important, and he isn't right in any way. Choosing him would be a huge mistake.

  • Or are we on to someone else already?

  • June 14, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Just finisehd "The Persuader"

    by drewlicious

    It was refreshing to see Reacher actually fight someone who could kick his ass for a change. I like Tom Cruise fine but Jack Reacher is a guy who is intimidating as soon as he walks in the room. I'm not saying you need to cast a big guy to play that role (from my understanding military guys are very rarely giants, in good shape but not huge) but you need someone who comes off tough. Cruise was great in "Collateral" but this is going to be a real stretch. Too bad Kiefer Sutherland is already Jack Bauer because this would have been right up his alley.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by BSB

  • June 14, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Liev Schreiber or Karl Urban

    by drewlicious

    Both of those guys would have been terrific choice by the way. Or if we're going into obscurity there's also Mark Pelligrino. If he hit the gym he'd actually be pretty close to the physical description.

  • June 14, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    He'd better not take it.

    by catlettuce4

    The "reach around" jokes will be merciless. Jack Reacher doesn't sound like a good name to begin with, but if Tom Cruise stars it takes on even more meaning.

  • Released, for some bizarre reason as 'Welcome to the Jungle' here in the UK.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Featuring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacharound

    by rosasaks

  • June 14, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a really original concept for a film!

    by Jaster

    .................... BWAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, PASS!

  • June 14, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith would be perfect

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Maybe Willow could pull it off in a few years.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    For those saying Reacher sounds like a cliche...

    by KrowNinja

    The originality of the Reacher character is hard to explain, but he has the potential to be a really compelling movie tough guy. He basically roams the earth on foot with no ties to anybody, but he's also a brilliant detective, and a brutal killing machine when he needs to be with no hesitation to take people out.. It's just hard to describe to somebody who hasn't read the books. Imagine the dude from Commando, crossed with Sherlock Holmes, and a little dose of Caine from Kung Fu.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Reacher? Eric Bana.

    by palimpsest

    Failing that, maybe Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Mind you, a few years ago they'd just have cast either Clancy Brown, Fred Dryer or Stephen Lang and we wouldn't be having this conversation.

  • June 14, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Ditto on Ray Stevenson

    by Phimseto

    Would fit the role to a T.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    hemsworth + makeup = reacher

    by tacoplenty

  • June 14, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    audience wouldn't buy that

    by tacoplenty

    You can't shoot around cruise's height. the world knows he's tiny. wouldn't possibly buy it.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by SinisterMarmalade

    Where the fuck did this come from? Seriously, no one was talking about religion or scientology. Besides which, scientology isn't evil, it's just a stupid joke.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Solution, cast midgets as the rest of the cast

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Keifer Sutherland could be the big bad.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Just not right

    by Ray

    I don't care how good Cruise can be in a role. Part of what is so great about the Reacher character is his ability to intimidate and punish just by way of being such a big guy. Child reiterates the 6'5, 250 lb. description enough to make it an important factor in the books. To take all that away just to hand it to a tiny, tiny guy like Cruise simply can't be justified. True fans of the series will be pissed if this deal goes down. The only attribute of Reacher that Cruise matches is the age. Jack Reacher is an older guy (in his late forties as I recall). I don't mind Cruise, and I did like him in Collateral, but he simply can't play this character. I don't like Dwayne Johnson either. Karl Urban was an interesting choice. But the actor I had always envisioned in the role, and don't ask me why, is Nathan Fillion. He's only 6'1, but he's not exactly pretty (like Reacher), he could bulk up a bit, and I think he would be perfect for it.

  • June 14, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Hemsworth is too young!

    by Ray

    Reacher is an older guy. Hemsworth has the size and physicality, but he's too pretty and too young.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I always pictured Cruise as Reacher

    by DonRivella

    Fits the description to a T!

  • June 14, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    Maybe that's why they're casting Cruise?

  • June 14, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    When is Hollywood gonna realize that Tom Cruise is box office poison?

    by IronEagle74

    Well, he is. Nobody wants to go to see his movies anymore, especially all the PG-13 garbage.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    Cruise is a midget, and everyone knows it. Using camera tricks to make him seem taller won't do the trick. He's too well known. Mads Mikkelson is the way to go. Even Daniel Craig (were he not Bond). Someone menacing.

  • June 14, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    And the Cruiser is just not menacing...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    He's a competent actor, but he has a limited range.

  • June 14, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    xen11, don't group all religions and call them evil.

    by IronEagle74

    People are evil, and they've corrupted the original intent of many religions and turned them into evil forms. Don't tell for a second that there's anything in the Christian Bible, for instance, that suggests the religion is evil. But do SOME Christians do very bad, evil things? Sure, they do, but it's not fair to call the religion evil. Same goes for Muslims. You have radical Muslims who've chosen to interpret the religion in their own way and murder innocent people because of it. As for Scientology, I wouldn't call it a religion. I'd just call it a cult, in a similar but less dangerous form of what people like Jim Jones accomplished. The major difference is that L. Ron Hubbard hasn't asked his people to drink poisoned kool-aid........yet.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    For anyone who has read the books...

    by ccRider66

    Kevin Durand fits the description to a tee. He is a big man and can look very menacing on film. Check him out as Gabriel in Legion. This guy is ready for a breakout role.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Sounds like the sort of shit Steven Seagal would make.

    by snappy

    And Tom Cruise as an intimidating guy? Only if he's wearing a condom and carrying lube. This is the sort of role that would have suited Clint Eastwood in his heyday. Whomever they choose needs to be tall and broad-shouldered but not overly muscular, so Dwayne Johnson or another wrestler type is probably not the right choice either. So, who is tall, rangey and can do a convincing 1000-yard stare? Liam Neeson can act tough but not sure he has the right 'look'. Viggo Mortenson's not really tall enough- though he's got some height on The Chief Thetan. How about Michael Madsen? Or is he too old & fat-looking?

  • June 14, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST


    by Crimson King

    I don't know if anyone's mentioned this movie, but the way you described how this character operates in a clinical fashion reminds me of Vincent from Collateral. I really like that movie and Tom Cruise did a stellar job in the role.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a sequel to The Unit

    by Jon get Dennis Haysbert. I don't give a damn how blonde Jack Reacher is.

  • June 14, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Trevor Watch that video and then tell me he's not racist.

  • People ask me, have you ever met an SP? HAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAA. Can you imagine? What if it was something we only knew about from history books. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAA

  • June 14, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    ccrider is right on the money! Kevin Durand

    by Hollywont

    Kevin Durand matches Reacher physically and he was great in Smoking Aces and LOST!

  • June 14, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by richiro33

    No he didn't. Reacher isn't an assassin. Cruise in that movie did not kill how Reacher kills, or think how Reacher thinks.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson

    by richiro33

    Would be perfect. Hes got the physicality and hes a good actor. Also it is explained in the books that Reacher isn't a traditionally attractive guy.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    Did I suggest Nathan Fillion? No. I said Christian Bale. It's called reading dicknose.

  • June 14, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson, ok, him too.

    by Hollywont

  • June 14, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Dwayne Johnson period. No one else comes close.

    by SID 8.0

  • June 14, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    He's probably a little old for it...

    by debt rising

    But what about Mickey Rourke? They can do some amazing things with makeup to make him look younger but at nearly 60 years old they better get the sequels done pretty quick.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    That plot sounds incredibly generic...

    by Sardonic

    Just saying.

  • June 14, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I was locked into the Rock mentally when I read the books...

    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe

    But now that you mention Karl Urban, I'm thinking of his character in RED, and loving it.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Actors for roles !?!

    by kingoflight

    I've not read the book but i'll assume it won't make or break the movie if the lead characters built type is changed. I'll take acting skill over physical characteristics any day (unless it's a monster movie) And i'll defiantly take tom over Dwayne, but Vin would be a happy medium as i think he can act. On the plus side if the character is tactical and precise and leathal Tom Curise can pull that shit off to a TEE, i was watching MI2 while i hate the cinematic of that film i can't help but note that tom gets everything spot on even when he reloads his gun holsters it and pick up a bike i saw he never wasted any movement. That got me thinking as soon as i started to read this post and Tom should defiantly be considered.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I randomly bought one of the books

    by brian K

    as an audio book because I had a long drive and wanted something different to keep me entertained. And it SUCKED! I can't believe they are making a movie about this. I couldn't bear to get half way through it. It was like this, "Reacher sat at the table. Then he finished his food. Then he paid the bill, and got up, pushed in his chair as he began walking towards the door. On his way out he noticed a friendly looking waitress. Then he stopped to get a tooth pick before exiting the building. Now Reacher is outside walking down the street. It was a colder than normal day...yada yada yada"

  • June 14, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Who are gonna play Janet, Chrissy and the Ropers?

    by FrodoFraggins

  • June 14, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I don't even know who Jack Reacher is....

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...But I can tell you, Tom Cruise can surf a piece of plywood up my ass. I'm over the wackjob.

  • June 14, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    The Cruiser is much to good for this trash

    by Xiphos_2

    The series is complete garbage written by a mongoloid and edited by cretins. It is essentially the same story told over and over and over about a component MP. I would believe there is an Easter bunny long before I would buy that there is a tough and smart MP enlisted man let a lone an officer from West Point . Being a West point officer is proof you are in fact retarded.

  • June 15, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    What would be Buttfuckingly- Stupid, and Predictable? Ahem.

    by GenreBoy

    Reacher played by Jason Statham, and the villian Nicholas Cage, Directed by George Lucas. I can see the trailer already...some bullshit-macho stroking voice over a black screen. "I thought i had walked into bad times hard times Cut to Jake busey playing a henchman-fellow surrounded by henchmen types. an the have a gun...No. A huge Knife to his throat and he says "Looks you're not from round'eh, best keep on-a-walkin boi' if yous knows whatsagoods fer yous!!" Que Whatever BULLSHIT dead-tech Metallica song or puddle of mudd, or whatever "Core" Metal band gamers, fanboys are currently listening to while beating off to the idea of TALKING to Olivia Munn. Then que random scenes in no particular order to make the movie look kinda sorta OK. basically do it up Bay-style. Have a shot of Nicholas cage looking up and laughing as though he was still as awesome as he used to be in "FACEOFF" an then have jason beat up alot of guys, have some random henchman says "Who ARE you?!" all scared...and he goes "Reacher..." An he kicks him out A window. As the guy falls down the side the building, each floor blows up in domino effect from the top down. que to Statham..walking down a road alone. No.Riding a Harley w/ a sense of macho urgency. "Looks like i need to keep on walking" WTF, Right? Then the movie comes out, reviews pour into AICN decrying the ruination of Action Movies...and that while it pays homage to past action films it never becomes it's "OWN" thing. Then 3 weeks later Harry comes out w/ his review by saying outright "...Growing up in a Comic shop and being one of you...and loving Star wars, This movie...While NOT the best thing ever since Citizen Kane.But that also like Kane it has it's flaws...But, it's a totally watchable flick....Lucas direction is note perfect. The CGI never engulfs or takes away from what is or isnt the story. And...i agree w/ lucas choice to make the local pawn shop dealer an surly Italian American, by the name of Awto..Which EASTEREGG! means WATO!...I strongly-but-luke-warmly recommend this film. While it's No Star holds it's own. It's a perfect flick to watch w/ buddies over a beer, and i'm sure it looks better an is far more understandable on Blu-Ray" Then the talkback has some tool named "Dick joke" saything nothin more then "First." But Cruise isnt the worst of all possible things...because the above mentioned IS.

  • June 15, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Nobody cares what Tom Cruise does anymore...

    by Gremlin517

  • Hemsworth would be perfect...if he were 15 years older....right size and shape...but Reacher is more grizzled...and retired. Think Thor's gonna keep him pretty busy for a decade or so, anyways. <p> I'd rather see Clooney over Cruise take a swing at Reacher. If George bulked the fuck up? Might could pull it off. Surely he's gotta be tired of boning every smokin hot bitch in Italy by now. This would be a good chance for him to get back in the spotlight. <p> Daniel Craig would be good...but Bond AND Reacher? Might be a conflict if One Shot launches a profitable franchise... <p> For those unfamiliar with the books...they are outstanding reads...but certainly NOT big budget actioners. Lotsa sleuthing about...a few good, and quick, tactically precise fistfights...usually involving a guy that's even BIGGER than Reacher....small arms fire/shoot outs. At least two, sometimes three good twists and turns before the end. Think they picked One Shot to start out with cuz it's the most "international" story...but most of the books are set in the states...and often don't jump around to more than 4 key locations. <p> I've read 4 of the 16 Reacher novels...and I've never pictured Tom fuckin Cruise playing him in a movie version. Not even close!

  • June 15, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth

    by JoeHungg

    I second that. I also mentioned this in the Thor talkbacks. Chris got the size and the acting chops.. Ps. I got nothing against Cruise. But Reachers size IS a part of the characters personality..

  • June 15, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth

    by JoeHungg

    I second that. I also mentioned this in the Thor talkbacks. Chris got the size and the acting chops.. Ps. I got nothing against Cruise. But Reachers size IS a part of the characters personality..

  • June 15, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    What they're missing here is ...

    by Number_Six

    ... that if they make one Reacher movie with Tom Cruise that's all they'll make - one movie. There's a franchise here begging to be done properly but Cruise isn't likely to sign up for the long haul. I can imagine the producers wetting their pants about the prospect of getting Cruise for a movie, any movie, doesn't matter what it is - the guy has bank and they'll make money. I'm a little disappointed in Child for whoring out his property and not retaining a little creative control, but ultimately Hollywood producers are idiots and assholes so Child may have ended up cutting off his nose to spite his face - if there's money to be made then make it while the sun shines, principles don't pay the bills. If they can cast Reacher right they're onto winner, it's a great character with a wealth of material ... there's a ton of money to be made in the long game and they shouldn't just be focussing on one movie with big star draw. As others have said, I like Cruise but he's wrong for this, it's insulting to the fans not to do this justice. I'm sure there are plenty of actors with the presence to carry this off, but Cruise isn't one of those ... the size of the character is important. I've no doubt they could make a decent movie here, but it wouldn't be a Jack Reacher movie for those in the know. They've made same mistake with Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt, a great opportunity squandered in the abysmal Sahara. Both Pitt and his sidekick Al Giordino were woefully miscast but you can tell the studio were blinded by the star draw of McConaughey and didn't expend too much though on whether he was right for the role. Fans of these characters have the same affection for them as comic book fans have for superheros ... some bad movies have been made but if you find a film maker with a passion for the subject matter and a desire to do it justice you can make a helluva a good film. Let's hope and pray this is an unfounded rumour and that by hook or by crook Cruise doesn't end up in this role.

  • June 15, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    I don't mind ...

    by Number_Six

    ... if they tinker with some of the minor details, as long as they get the spirit of the character right. By rights he should be late 40s, large and imposing with 'presence', and whomever's cast needs to convey that he's an experienced world weary ex MP and special investigator, with miles on the clock and an ability to get the job done. I see Hemsworth's name being tossed around and that feels right on many levels ... aside from the age thing ... but I think there's a far higher chance of someone a little too young but otherwise right pulling this off, than someone altogether the wrong build. It's not all about look though, Dwayne Johnson just doesn't feel right for this despite fitting the bill physically ... he hasn't, as yet, conveyed the 'still waters run deep' quiet, contemplative, powerhouse that this role needs. I'm not quite sure Ray Stevenson's right for this either, he was great in Rome but he feels like a TV actor not a movie star ... he ruined Punisher: War Zone for me, though that may in part be prejudiced by my desire to see Thomas Jane back in the role. I don't think Jane's right for Reacher either though, both he and Nathan Fillion are a little too nice, too cheeky, too cocky to really nail this ... well, based on how they've portrayed parts in the past, I realise they're actors and they could 'try' but I'm certainly not feeling it at the moment. Jane would be a good shout for Dirk Pitt though I think (with some hair dye and coloured contacts).

  • June 15, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    While reading the books...

    by KrowNinja

    I always had a grizzled looking Dolph Lundgren in my head. How can you cast Tom Cruise in the role of a character who should look like Dolph Lundgren?

  • June 15, 2011, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Daniel fucking Craig

    by shivester

    .. derrr ... Or why not give Michael Fassbender a whirl. He could do it standing on his ear

  • June 15, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Jack Reacher is not like the Punisher

    by Number_Six

    Other than if you fuck with either of them you're going to end up in a world of hurt.

  • June 15, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    So I'm almost done with my first Reacher book, The Hard Way

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It's pretty good. It's typical of that type of genre. I'll keep reading the series, but it's nothing I'm completely gaga over. That would be Scalzi's Old Man's War. I read that, then a week later they optioned the movie. I just picked up The Ghost Brigades, but haven't started reading yet.

  • June 15, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Whatever! I gave up on Tom Cruise after MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3.

    by AsimovLives

    The only movie i saw with him after MI3 was TROPIC THUNDER and that's because none of the main actors where him and he only was a bit play in a very secondary (though memorable) role. But all movies he made where he's the protagonist, i completly gave up on him. And i have no intention of doing otherwise.

  • June 15, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    A bit too old but Stephen Lang would be awesome

    by Boredatwork

    Just that really!

  • June 15, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    bruce thomas wayne

    by spacehog

    Yeah, I know what you said—I was joking that it was too late to fan-cast Bale because geekdom has moved on to fan-casting Fillion in everything. It's a bad joke, sure, but I can read, I promise!

  • June 15, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Age aside, let's say we take guys in their prime

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    actually not even their prime, just age specific for this role which would be late 30s early 40s then I personally would give it to Neeson, with a close second to Clancy Brown. To give it todday I still say go with Karl Urban, but as someone pointed out he's not an A lister who can mass market the movie. I don't care. He's perfect for the role. He can be dramatic, and he can kick ass.

  • June 15, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Everyone complaining about the lack of originality...

    by Splungeman a quiet, large, bad guy killing machine with a dark past needs to understand that casting Tom Cruise in the role immediately makes it original. Instead of a big, intimidating bad guy killing machine with a dark past you get a short, not intimidating, possibly gay, weirdo bad guy killing machine who jumps on couches when excited. It's genius!!

  • June 15, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Chance Kelly

    by TMW And check out his guest shot on FRINGE this past season

  • June 15, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    No, no, no, FUCKING NO!

    by guido505

    I too have read all of and am a huge fan of the Reacher series. In no way is Tom Cruise even remotely the right choice for this role. Karl Urban...possibly, especially if he bulked up. I think he could play that quiet, "don't fuck with me" type really well. Out of the current actors who could physically pull off the roll I think Chris Hemsworth is a better choice. Physically he's big enough and he's a decent enough actor to pull it off. Coming off of the popularity of Thor and then The Avengers next summer I think he'd be a decent pick. What you have to remember is that not only is Reacher a former M.P. but he was part of an elite M.P. unit, men and women who had to be big, bad and smart enough to take down trained Special Forces soldiers if the occasion called for it. In a few of the books great emphasis is put on them being the toughest unit in the Army. Tom Cruise is not what comes to mind when you think Armys toughest soldier.

  • June 15, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    evangelion80, enough already!

    by AsimovLives

  • June 15, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The Rock I really don't know why we're debating.

    by SID 8.0

    Honestly any fan of the books can see it too. Tom Cruise? Come on Lee, I'm sure they told you the movie would great. But you there is no chance for that happening.

  • June 15, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Can't say I'm excited no matter who they cast

    by King_Midas

    I just finished my first Lee Child book today (The Killing Floor). It was decent, mindless fun I guess. The equivalent of your brainless summer action movie / guilty pleasure. The mysterious plot was interesting enough to keep me turning pages anyway. The character is a stoic badass but as others have said - hardly original and not particularly compelling. He's unbeatable in combat, a veritable genius when it comes to his investigative deductions (often to the point of being ridiculous), and immediately desired by any fine looking woman that meets him - basically, what any 13-year-old boy dreams himself to be. There are no weaknesses, no character flaws, no doubts about the outcome of any situation, and thus nothing that would make him interesting as a human character. The writing is laughable too - short, choppy sentences, all fragments. And then gems like this, "It was about as distinctive as the most distinctive thing you could ever think of." Gee thanks, now that's good writing. After reading it, I could give a crap who plays Jack Reacher.

  • June 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Henry Rollins. 'nuff said

    by msedm

  • June 15, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I don't shit on or make fun of Cruise

    by proevad

    that's how good he is most of the time.

  • June 16, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Hire an unknown please...

    by Jack

    ... no preconceptions. No Jason Bourne / Ethan Hunt / Frank Martin / whatever clones. Give us a new talent for a new franchise.

  • June 16, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Reacher has to Josh Holloway, 6'1 and a half...

    by PopeyeDoyle

    Almost bulked up...give him the military haircut and let that man act. He can be convincing as Jack, roaming America Kung-Fu style with folding toothbrush in pocket, no other belongings.

  • June 16, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Popeye...Holloway is excellent...But, wow....

    by Cheif Brody

    Talk about a guy who didn't strike while the iron was hot!!! When LOST ended...he needed to JUMP into a new project immediately. <p> What? A walk on role in 'Community' TWO years removed from LOST is the best his agent could do for the guy? Superb walk on...but, by far his 'highest profile' post LOST role to date...aside from a perfume commercial he filmed in the last season of LOST. <p> No. Good. I don't care how burnt out the grind of LOST affected him....<p> Guy needed to be in something HUGE immediately. He's not Matt Fox...he was NOBODY before LOST...and America has short attention spans. <p> I think Josh would be GREAT as Reacher....Cut the damn long hair...get rid of the "folksy" some 'reach' as an actor... <p> ...But he's starting to get into the whole 'he can't open a huge movie' problem that a lot of the actors people are suggesting as viable candidates for the role. <p> If they are aiming for Cruise....a worldwide movie STAR....a guy like Holloway needs to be 'in the limelight' to be considered. Feel like Josh....for whatever reason...has been hiding out of sight in the shadows...or on a mysterious deserted island somewhere.

  • Cuz he has no interest in meddling with Hollywood's interests.... From his official site: <p> " Lee has always figured as long as Hollywood leaves the novel-writing to him, he'll leave the movie-making to them. He did not work on the screenplay nor is involved in choosing the cast, not even who plays Reacher. If you're an actor hoping to score the lead role, please have your agent contact Paramount Studios and, fingers crossed, we'll see you on the big screen soon! " <p> Big mistake in my opinion...but, makes sense now why he's embracing the casting of a midget for the lead role. <p> He doesn't care as long as a Reacher film is being made. A lil short sighted on his part I think. The first one has to open HUGE...or there won't be another one any time soon.

  • June 16, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    perhaps mickey rourke?

    by belledame

    sounds made for him

  • June 16, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Belledame...Reacher = Ruggedly Handsome...

    by Cheif Brody

    Mickey = Just plain...Rugged.

  • Dec. 30, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    matthew fox

    by smutpeddlar

    he has been playing thequiet intense guy for years..6'2' big guy,personal trainer for 6 months..he IS reacher