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Tom Cruise Confirmed As Reacher

Nordling here.

A few weeks ago, we reported that Tom Cruise was in talks to play Lee Child's Reacher character in an adaptation ONE SHOT.  Now it looks as if he's been confirmed in the part for the film, to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

Tom Cruise in no way matches the physical type of Jack Reacher from the books, so I expect a huge outcry from fans will be starting shortly, if not already.  Physically, he's absolutely nowhere close to looking like Reacher, and for many people that will be enough for them to write this project off.  But McQuarrie as director isn't something I can lightly turn aside - I think WAY OF THE GUN is a terrific film in its own right and McQuarrie is a good choice for directing this one.  

As far as Tom Cruise goes, I think he has presence, but maybe not the kind of presence required to play Jack Reacher, and he's certainly not tall enough.  I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just stating a fact.  But actingwise, I think Cruise could do well in the part.  It will take some adjustment, to say the least, for fans to accept Cruise as Reacher.  I think he can bring the intensity in his performance, but if McQuarrie is to set fans' minds at ease about this film he'll have to establish Cruise right away as a guy not to be messed with.  The story of ONE SHOT's a good one, and I hope Cruise and McQuarrie pull it off.

Nordling, out.

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  • July 16, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Collateral Cruise must return

    by Randy

  • July 16, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by Y282


  • July 16, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Tell me this is a joke

    by DonRivella

    They will have to use some Gandalf - Hobbit trickery!

  • July 16, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Whither Tom Mapother?

    by Iahael

    So, what is it about this guy's acting, ultimately, to doesn't work for many of us anymore? Is it the confluence of his celebrity cult, his strange behavior, and/or his choice of roles? Granted, he had a "comeback" of sorts thanks to Ben Stiller, but, again, why the snickers? The giggles when we see him trying to play a rock star, or is in this badly miscast action franchise? The last performance of his I actually liked was, believe it or not, as Lestat. I always thought the guy was more Euro-fop than brooding vampire, and Cruise seemed to get that. But now there is no honesty in his performances at all, no risks being taken. His church has formed him into the perfect Homo Novus, at the cost of him coming off like a flatline automaton in movies, interviews, etc. My advice? Resign from the church, quit acting for awhile, fire the handlers, and go get some real life experiences under your belt. Study tantra, do DMT, watch all three extended versions of LOTR with a lot of ganja and some non-industry civlians just for the hell of it. Become human again. T.'.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Cruise was awesome in Collateral, hopefully he'll bring a similar vibe here.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by Monolith_Jones

    that was great

  • July 16, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Jack 'Cant' Reacher -cause he's too short. I'm here all week filks.

    by Fortunesfool

  • July 16, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Rename the character Midget Reacher

    by henchman_21

    Cruise is a good foot shorter & probably 100 pounds lighter than Jack Reacher is described in the novels. Why not recast Crispen Glover as Thor in the sequel? How about Paul Reubens as the next Superman when WB has to reboot that one again?

  • July 16, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    they might as well cast peter dinklage

    by jsfithaca

  • July 16, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Just in case anyone forgot, NO EYE-CON. It's in his contract.

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    puhahahaha. Nice.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    They might have well cast Peter Dinklage

    by palimpsest

    Or Whoopi Goldberg, for that matter. Or Ron Jeremy. Cruise is many things, but a convincing six and a half foot tall zen ex-MP drifter he ain't. Maybe they'll put him on stilts, or dig trenches for everyone else to walk in.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    Ya got there first

  • July 16, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise

    by Nuck81

    A seriously under rated actor. There is good reason he has been going strong for almost 30 years now...

  • July 16, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Maybe he'll borrow John Travolta's boots from BATTLEFIELD EARTH

    by palimpsest

    Hail Xenu!

  • July 16, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I don't usually read AICN articles while drunk


    Tom Cruise in no way matches the physical type of Jack Reacher from the books, so I expect a huge outcry from fans will be starting shortly, if not already. Physically, he's absolutely nowhere close to looking like Reacher, and for many people that will be enough for them to write this project off.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    from Wikipedia...

    by Galanix

    Reacher is a giant, standing at 6' 5" tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 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 (he reveals in Persuader, he has never been an exercise enthusiast.) He is exceptionally strong but is not a good runner. 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.

  • July 16, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    More like Reacharound.

    by Chief Joseph

  • July 16, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Ok it totally


    removed all my commentary and only posted what I put in inverted commas - you know, the quote. That's fun. Wtf? i thought this new and improved talkback had basically no formatting rules. All I tried to do was a couple seperated paragraphs with some quoted lines. oh well, my genius funny is lost forever - sorry (really!) for whoever had to fucking reread the quote as the text of my comment *highlights n hits copy for this one in case* (cos thatd be a fucken shame)

  • July 16, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    The best book adaptions...

    by nightvip

    ... are the ones that realise they are a film and not just shot for shot recreation of a completly different medium. That's the whole point of a screenplay and Cruise, for all his personal issues has serious acting talent and I look forward to seeing what he does with this Character. And fanboys winging... "hes too short... hes not him...blah blah blah"... hes my reponse "It's a fucking film, not realife"

  • July 16, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Dammit, someone already did that one.

    by Chief Joseph

    I'm out.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    fucken gonna keep me up now


    that i didnt get to say what i wanted to say, but im never gonna recapture THAT lightning in a bottle, shit.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    In other news, Peter Dinklage cast in Andre the Giant biopic.

    by rosasaks

  • July 16, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    The Midget Porn Identity

    by rosasaks

  • July 16, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    ugh...I just realized chief joseph beat me to that punchline. grrrrrrrr

    by EastBayFrankenstein

  • July 16, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    I'm pretty shocked by this. I'm sure Tom being cast makes Child smile because that name associated with his series will only drive up sales. Let's just hope non of the Tom persona for Jack eventually sneaks into the books. I'm not gonna write this project off yet, but I'm pretty disappointed. When I think of Jack I always picture 80's Dolph or that dude who played The Human Target (even though he's not exactly the right height).

  • July 16, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    One Shot? More like Too Shit.

    by rosasaks

  • July 16, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    cruise is not known for his sense of humor

    by emeraldboy

    nor laughing except manically on oprah's show. but anyhow he was shooting a scene with billy connolly on the last samurai. and connolly had heard all of those stories. conolly would not look cruise in the eye and was a fooling around a little like getting on the horse backwards, wearing hats with visors, wearing shades. cruise was not happy that connolly was fooling around during takes. and connolly admitted to cruise that he was avoiding eye contact and think cruise told him that was a load of bs. but i have heard those stories alright. but the story of cruise falling to his death is also wide of the mark.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Lahey

    I haven't paid to see anything starring Tom Cruise in a looooong time. That $ goes to the scientology cult, so fuck that. Also, fuck you Tom Cruise, you fucking robot.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    yes, you're not allowed to look Cruise in the eye onset

    by Billy_D_Williams

    unless you're the director, producer or actors...Stallone also has this proclivity. I once heard a story about a limo driver who was hired to drive Stallone and was made aware of the no eye contact thing...driving Stallone from the airport they had a great conversation, but when he dropped him off, the driver accidentally made eye contact with Sly and was fired. crazy Hollywood loons

  • July 16, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    henchman_21: Crispin Glover as Thor??

    by Sanya08

    I'd like to see that. That would be awesome.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I like Cruise, but dude ain't Reacher!

    by Mr. A

    I'm a fan of Cruise, but this is clearly a case of name recognition and financing. Not since John Wayne was cast as Genghis Kahn in the Conqueror have I seen such odd casting. This was a part for Gerard Butler or a younger Liam Neeson, or Sean Bean. Somebody who looks rough and tumble, like they've had a few knocks.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Cruise : OVER

    by marineboy

    We're all so over this average actor. Let new talent rise please, we're bored!

  • July 16, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Height Club

    by rosasaks

    In a basement in Hollywood, Tom Cruise, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino come together to stretch each other on racks and bring down the studio system by pretending to be taller than they are. Co-starring Prince as Kareem Abdul Jabar.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    You just said the same exact thing THREE TIMES in the same article.

    by TheSeeker7

    And twice in two consecutive sentences. How many more times do you have to say Cruise isn't the physical match to the Reacher character? sorry but this whole report is rather awkwardly worded.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise as...

    by Ricky Retardo

    Reach Around.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Chris Hemsworth in 6 or 7 years would be a badass Reacher.

    by Rev. Slappy

    I genuinely like Tom Cruise, but he is a terrible choice for this role.

  • July 16, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    This movie borns dead

    by Lourdes Galan

    With Cruise on board. Sad, so sad......

  • July 16, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise=Jack Reacher???

    by sundancekeed

    Did Lee Child sign off on this? Because this is one that doesn't even make sense. Cruise is what? 5'7"? Reacher is listed at 6'5". They didn't even try to give Alan Ladd that much of a height boost. There's no way Tom Cruise can physically approximate Jack Reacher. And that is going to take any of the audience who's read the books right out of the film. That is, if they show up at all, which I doubt. Reacher's size is constantly alluded to in the books. It's part of his presence. This is simply more evidence that film executives don't have a clue.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    ..he'll be starring in basketball movies next...

  • July 16, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    I'm sure all 30 of them will be livid, but the rest of the world will be ok with it.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by SID 8.0

    I have been wanting to see a Reached story on the big screen for 5 years. Now I won't even waste my time.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I don't like the Reacher series

    by Xiphos_2

    and I think this is some horrible casting since the characters size is a major part of the story lines. Oh well at least they picked one of the better books in this bad series to make into a movie. Hopefully whatever story McQuairre ends up telling will at least be entertaining.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Hah! Good one scrote.

    by SID 8.0

  • July 16, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    relax people...

    by Eric Strauss

    Hugh Jackman's Wolverine is 6'2" - nearly a foot taller than the comic book Canuck. Daniele Craig is a (relatively) short and blonde 007. Sam Jackson is (shock!) a black Nick Fury. And... until Downey Jr. surprised everyone with his incredible performance as Howard Stark - who would have even thought about casting him?! Give Cruise a chance. Who gives sh-- if he's weird in real life. He was terrific in MI3 and Minority Report and Collateral. He'll give a different take on Reacher, just as the above actors give a different take in their respective roles. I've worked with a few special forces hard asses in my time, and there's quite a few who resemble Cruise's build, and not one I've seen who looks like Schwarzenegger. Ultimately, I'm with Nordling. Have a little faith in McQuarrie.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    can anyone tell me WHY Way of the Gun is a good film?

    by BadMrWonka

    I found it wildly uneven, really badly paced, and has one of the ugliest and most useless opening scenes ever, with both of the main characters viciously assaulting multiple women for the titillation of the audience. seriously, someone? anyone? what was so great about that movie?

  • July 16, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I haven't read this book

    by JRcanReid

    and I HATE HATE HATE Tom Cruise as a person... but he's an outstanding actor and I agree with those who've mentioned Collateral as proof. If this "Reacher" guy is a badass of some sort, you could do a lot worse than Tom Cruise. My mom won't even watch Collateral because of Tom Cruise. Well that's her fucking loss!

  • July 16, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    The Reacher: Somebody please help him 'Reach' the top shelf!

    by Lucky13

  • July 16, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    They're really reaching on this one.

    by ReportAbuse

    Or something.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    What about SFX?

    by Zardoz

    Dumb question, but if they can make normal size people into Hobbits and Dwarves, why can't they make Hobbit-sized Cruise into a giant, via SFX or even in-camera perspective, etc.? I'm just saying...

  • July 16, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    It all comes down to personal preference. For me I found the characters interesting, The performances top notch, The action scenes well staged, excellent compelling writing that made tough guys pop on screen with noir like dialogue, the final scene in the brothel was excellent, the low speed car chase was great,for once Hollywood got the use of firearms in a tactical situation right, McQuarrie was able to transform that little bitch Ryan Phillipe into a credible hard ass and there is more if I actually think about about it. Oh and I disagree about the pacing issues and Sara Silverman deserved to get her fugly mug pushed in for running her suck hole like that.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Lee Child is quite happy with the casting.

    by imagin78

    Child also said that "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way." Maybe the author is just excited that Cruise's name will boost sales of the book. However, Child has given Cruise his seal of approval.

  • July 16, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    What's he reaching for? A taller building to hang from?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Come on, guys. Tom Cruise has been written off and been shot full of more arrows for his casting than any other actor of his generation. Time and time again he rises to the challenge and delivers a performance nobody could have expected. Remember all the backlash over his casting in "Interview with a Vampire", even from Anne Rice herself? Cruise has overcome his physical appearance so many times, I don't think even he can count anymore. Remember "Born on the Fourth of July"? Apart from Johnny Depp, he's taken more risks than most actors with his leading man looks. The guy is a solid actor.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    A majority of Special Operations members of all services don't resemble Schwarzenegger at all. Your observation, while correct, doesn't work with Reacher since his build is natural and he was an MP and not in Special Operations. In the books his size and physicality are integral to the character since he rarely uses firearms and usually beats the hell out of his enemies. Also Reacher isn't a martial arts master he's a planner of engagements and a street brawler who has the strength and speed to inflict massive damage fast. Fuck me I don't even like the books and i have to sort of defend them. I'm out before I give myself a stroke. I think Cruise is a good actor but for this particular role his acting style and persona along with his diminutive size really make me question if the movie can work.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by vandarkmoor

    This an belated April Fool's day joke right? Reacher is a bad ass and if anyone in Hollywood doesn't scream bad ass it's Tom Cruise. Great book series though.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Way of the Gun was when I stopped trusting aicn

    by mr.underwater

    Harry gushed over it. Even had a quote on the lobby card (which was odd, because Harry's review ran like two days before the movie opened, yet a quote from that review was on the lobby card. Hmmmm...) Anyway, the movie was a self-indulgent bore, and Harry continued to gush, even posting an article blaming the marketing for the film's box office failure (marketing that included a quote from him...) Anyway, one couldn't help but feel that there was some 'incentive' for all of aicn's gushing. So, that was the last time I laid down money for a movie based on an aicn seal of approval.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    New Karl Urban as Judge Dredd photo online

    by coolfan123

    Can someone tell AICN to start a new thread about this. Here is the photo: Dredd is quite tall but not as tall as this Reacher guy.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Xemu's gotta eat!

    by empty_headed_animal

    Cruise's nice guy image is a fraud as he is practically head of the world's biggest pyramid scheme/cult disguised as a religion. He's a douche hiding behind a big shit-eating smile.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Wrong link - sorry - Karl Urban as Judge Dredd - new photo!

    by coolfan123 Should work now.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Wow ... they still can't handle making a Dredd helmet can they? ...


    Maybe just the angle but that looks fucking stupid.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Cruise is a cunt; franchise over before it begins

    by melonman

  • July 16, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    That Dredd Helmet --

    by Lucky13

    Looks about 5 sizes too big... like a kid wearing his daddy's Red Sox hat. Or like Cruise wearing Reacher's baseball cap... just to tie it all together.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    When did this turn into the Dredd thread?

    by SID 8.0

    Focus people, we are Cruise bashing here. By Xenu this bad casting!

  • July 16, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Douches WHINING about whining fanboys

    by Anino

    You arrogant pricks. Books that get picked up by studios are picked up because of their proven appeal to the audiences that have read the books--and the appeal of these books have A LOT to do with Reacher's physical size. I'm guessing you jerks haven't read the books. So let me clue you in. A big part of what makes the books popular are how bad the bad guys are, how they prey on people that can't defend themselves. The victims gravitate toward Reacher because they see someone that can be their champion. A lot of the satisfaction the readers get is when all 250 pounds and 6'5" frame of Reacher exacts powerful brute force revenge on them. ANOTHER THING--Reacher is smart--so his size is misleading. He's a cross between The Rock and Sherlock Holmes. He fights smart, calculating in his opponents weaknesses, then uses the advantage of his MP training and size as a weapon. Think of it as a warrior that can use a 50 lb battle ax with the precision of a surgeon. Size matters when it comes to Reacher. That's what made the books popular, that's why it got picked up...and that's why whining ABOUT whining fanboys is VERY douch-baggy.

  • July 16, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I hate Tom Cruise but I hate you more!

    by sagamanus

    I'm ecstatic even though I have no plans on watching this, nor do I care about the books from which they are derived. I just think fancocks deserve to have their worlds shattered ever so often. PS with the exception of Empire strikes back, star wars sucks. Harry potter sucks. James bond is total unequivocal garbage that could only be redeemed if it had never existed. LOTR is diarrhea for the most part. Did I forget to say FU.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Like it or not, Cruise is still pretty solid

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    While the leaked Scientology video is by far the most entertaining thing he's ever done, the truth is that Cruise generally makes really entertaining films and it quite good at what he does. Collateral, Valkyrie, MI 1 and 3, Minority Report, were all quite good. Hell, even the Last Samurai while being completely predictable and having the most cheese ball Hollywood ending of all time was enjoyable. Personally, he's a nutcase, but he knows how to work the Hollywood machine and generally does not make bad movies.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is a fine actor

    by Anino

    But Minority Report, Valkyrie, MI--not based on a current bestselling books series. Yes, fine actor, he's got great range, and he's made some very entertaining movies. But a lot of us have read these books for years, and now that we can finally see it on the big screen, they decide to showcase Tom Cruise's acting range (or feed his ego) in what feels like a big f you to fans that have stuck with this character. We're allowed to whine. Sure, Cruise may do fine, and this movie may turn out being good--but if they cast someone MORE like Reacher, physically, it would be even better--for fans AND for those that haven't read the books.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Fuck this

    by batmans_pants

    Cruise can go and fuck himself. I'm a huge fan of the books. Looks like Lee Child doesn't give a fuck about the characters he creates as long as he gets his huge fucking movie cheque. Reachers size is not a metaphor. It's an integral part of the plots in all these books. Child's comments are a metaphor for - give me the cash and I'll say anything you fucking want. Won't be seeing this as it simply is not Jack Reacher. If the film makers, cruise and Lee Child obviously don't give a flying fuck for the source material, why should I? I'm sure it will make Cruise, Child and the church of scientology a shit load of money. But none of it will be from my pocket and I hope it bombs enough to ensure that that little prick never graces the screen as Reacher again. Shit. I've been looking forward to Reacher on the screen for years. Now my hopes have been shat on. Fuck em all.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by vulturess

    milk crates and boot lifts. and everyone else just crouch down a little. a little more. k a lot.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I agree 100% batman pants and anino. For years I...

    by SID 8.0

    Have told my friends and cousins about the series and him bad ass Reached is and this what we get? Cruise is one hell of an actor but come on. The best possible outcome is a Green Lantern like box office return. Then recast the role preferably with D. Johnson I know everybody has their own opinion about who it should be that's mine. That way you could get the fans of the book to go check it out. Oh Hollywood, you suck so much sometimes.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by The_Myhand

    You just described Armie Hammer. He would be great for this

  • July 16, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Was just gonna suggest "The Rock" -- Sid, ya bastard

    by Lucky13

    Ol' Dwayne needs a serious action franchise to champion... too bad he missed out on this. Guess he's happy with Fast and the Furious (can't think of that franchise without puking in my mouth). I haven't read the books (gonna start soon though, judging from all the pissed off TB'ers, they must be good).... but from what little I've gleaned from this TB, Dwayne Johnson would have been pitch-fuckin'-perfect.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by The_Myhand

    They use apple boxes, not milk crates.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Kevin Connolly as Higgins.

    by Pvt. Duke

  • July 16, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren fits Jack Reacher to a T -- 6'5" and 240 lbs

    by CodeName

    Jack Reacher in the book is supposed to be blonde, blue eyes, 6'5" and 250 pounds of muscle. I know Lundgren is not an A-list star, but still, just saying.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Who cares about the fans of the book


    they are the whiney minority. And they'll pay to see the movie regardless.

  • July 16, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    No we won't

    by SID 8.0

  • July 16, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    See what I mean, they always whine.


  • July 16, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    lets just hope for some 11th hour deal breaker.

    by SID 8.0

    Like a Scientology seminar when they're about start shooting.

  • July 16, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    I've always heard Tom Cruise was a Reacher Around

    by Yamato

  • July 16, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise as "Buck Futter" - A Sean Conncery Production.

    by Yamato

  • Because unless they plan to use forced perspective trick shots like in the LOTR series, ROFLCOPTER.

  • July 16, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Lee Child approves

    by fedrich519

    Yes. Child stated that Reacher's size is a metaphor representing "an unstoppable force". He feels that Cruise can pull it off.

  • July 16, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    P.S. I'd take a huge check for a 9" height difference.

    by Boober

  • July 16, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Epic Fail.

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 16, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Way of the fun


    Awful awful film and the opening is as wonka said "ugly" and was for nothing but the audience.

  • July 16, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Gun not fun (sorry)


  • July 16, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise Confirmed as Reacher Arounder.

    by Rocksy

  • July 16, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Pretty funny....

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I love fan reaction to development news (it's nice to think some people actually still believe Hollywood cares about anything besides money). Somebody mentioned Dolph Lundgren earlier in the thread. Can you imagine a major studio having the choice between Lundgren and Cruise and going with Lundgren? Book Cruise, pre-sell the international distribution rights, make a move for a 100M and you're probably cash positive before the first day of shooting. Book Lundgren, make the movie for 5M, and still lose money when the film gets buried under a flood of other crappy DTV releases.

  • July 16, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    So movies aren't meant for audiences squiddly?

    by Xiphos_2

    You still want to run with that one?

  • July 16, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Yeah asswipes

    by Anino

    I'm a whiner, and damn proud of it. ESPECIALLY in this case. Tom Cruise, fine actor as he is, is ALSO the king of bad casting (Vampire Lestat anyone?). Lee Child is a sell out for saying he's cool with this, which is his prerogative, as the author. But writers depend on fans to keep buying their stuff, and crap like this alienates a fan base that put him where he is. Yeah, call me a whiner. We bought and read the books, and waited for this series to come to the screen. So you people CALLING US whiners, what do you have to show for? Frankly, I'm HONORED to be called a whiner. This is BAD casting. And is it just all about the money? Even from THAT standpoint this is stupid--cast the RIGHT person, and what made the books successful could (with the right director/writer) could be a HUGE new franchise. Cruise is a good actor, but he's not someone you can build a franchise around. And years ago at a book signing, I asked Lee Child who he thought would be a good Reacher--he said Hugh Jackman, because he's got the height and can act. Eat me you fags.

  • July 16, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by Jerry Piper

  • July 16, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by thommcg

    Damn, beat me to it :( Reacher-round.

  • WB are nervous about doing it, but it's being considered.

  • July 16, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    by Jim

    Jason Statham, John Cena, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson. Any of these guys have the physical presence needed for the worlds badassest MP. Tom Cruise just has his shitteating grin. Reacher doesn't grin. He scowls.

  • July 16, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Q: What's taller than Tom Cruise?

    by TruantOranje

    A: Jack Reacher's farts.

  • July 16, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I've never read the Reacher novels, and...

    by Token

    I only looked at this thread because I'm bored and avoiding some yard work. However I looked up 'Reacher' on Wikipedia, and I will say this: Casting Tom Cruise as a 6'5" ex-marine tough guy drifter is the most ridiculous casting decision I can recall hearing. What the hell were they thinking? I predict this project will never see the light of day, nor should it.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Token, I only started reading the books afte the last Reacher talkback.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Some are better than others. Most are damn good. One Shot, although not the first Reacher novel, works because as a stand alone you don't need a lot of background on Reacher. Physically Cruise is no Reacher, but if he returns to Collateral mode then hell yeah, he can pull it off. Bad Luck, and Trouble is badass. They should make that the third Reacher movie. Get the audience revved up, then hit them hard.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    The production will be like that Python bit...

    by D_T

    ...Scott of the Antarctic, where they had people in trenches and other people with crates strapped to their feet. I think Cruise is a terrific actor, but there are some physical character traits that are way too much a part of the character. I've never read any Reacher books, but it sounds like his stature is a big part of it. Hell, if they want to tweak the character _and_ keep his size, hire Dwayne, he's coming off a big win with the last F&F movie.

  • idk anything about this series, but I think Jared Padalecki kicks @$$ and he's a legit 6 4 so just get the hair right and the eyes tinted and he's good to go imo.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    'Cause that's how tall Cruise is. Get it?

  • July 16, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    meadowe inspired choice Supernatural is one of my fav

    by SID 8.0

    Shows. It's just that he's too young and good looking for the part. Reacher hitch hikes a lot and usually has trouble getting a ride because of how he looks. Jared wouldn't have that problem as long as there are women on this planet. The Rock would be my choice.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Okay why do people think height matters?

    by Andrew Coleman

    So many actors are short... They film around this and actually make a lot of guys taller. Regular joe guy on the street probably think Vin Diesel is huge... I mean the dude is big but not very tall. If this is the only concern then don't worry. I've actually never have had a problem with Tom Cruise. I get he's crazy, but a lot of people are doesn't hurt his acting one bit, probably helps if anything.

  • July 16, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by Geekgasm

    Yes, that's the joke I wanted to make first, but I was far, far too late. *sigh*

  • July 16, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Thought you said Preacher for a second.

    by deelzbub


  • July 16, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    tom cruise

    by anthony armstrong

    Christopher McQuarrie is not an idiot. he clearly sees something in tom cruise. just like he did with ryan phillipe in the WAY OF THE GUN. what a great film that is, one of the GREATEST shootouts in film history. Nobody can argue with that

  • July 16, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Drawing line through "Reacher"

    by kabong


  • July 16, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Jack Reacher


    Biographical information Jack (None) Reacher is a former United States Army Military Police Major. He was born on a military base in Berlin on October 29, 1960. At age 24, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After graduation, he served 13 years as a Military Policeman, during which time he became part of a fictional military police unit, the 110th Special Investigations Unit, formed to handle exceptionally tough cases, especially those involving members of the United States Army Special Forces. Though he was demoted from Major to Captain in the prequel novel The Enemy, he regained the rank of Major by the time he mustered out in 1997. He was the recipient of many military awards during his career: the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Soldier's Medal, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in the bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983.[citation needed] Since leaving the Army, Reacher has been a drifter. He wanders throughout the United States because he felt he never got to know his own country, having spent his youth living overseas on military bases. He usually only travels by hitchhiking, by bus, or on foot as to not leave a paper trail. As a drifter, the only possessions he carries are money, a foldable toothbrush and, after 9/11, an expired passport. He wears his clothing for 2–3 days before discarding it, usually purchasing new clothing cheaply from chain outlets. He has no steady income and lives on savings in his bank account and part time jobs. At various points during the series, his bank account is supplemented by taking money from his enemies (this occurs most notably in Bad Luck and Trouble). Reacher knows how to drive although he is admittedly not a very good driver. He has never possessed a driver's license. Reacher's demeanor is stoic, and he does not talk much. He has a propensity for saying "that's for damn sure". Reacher frequently does not answer when people make statements or ask questions, nodding or shrugging preferring the other party to fill the silence. A recurring line in the novels is "Reacher said nothing". He is cool-headed and rarely becomes visibly angry, one of the few exceptions to this occurs in Nothing to Lose when he erupts in rage at an apathetic hospital employee for not ensuring that comatose Iraq War veteran received the proper care. Reacher has the uncanny ability to know what time it is, at any time of the day, without referring to a clock using "his clock in his head". He often uses his internal clock as an alarm, enabling him to wake up at any time he chooses night or day. It is revealed in Bad Luck and Trouble that Reacher has a fascination with mathematics. Reacher drinks coffee constantly. With this, he quotes in The Enemy: "The Reacher brothers' need for caffeine makes heroin addiction look like an amusing little take-it-or-leave-it sideline". He is also fond of breakfast foods, especially eggs, pancakes, and bacon. Reacher only occasionally uses profanity. Reacher is skilled at fighting, although he is not an expert in any particular martial art. In 61 Hours his military record describes his combat skills as being expert on all small arms, outstanding on all man-portable weaponry, and beyond outstanding at hand-to-hand combat. Reacher's favorite techniques include elbow strikes, uppercuts, and headbutts. His tremendous strength aids him in fighting, as he is significantly stronger than most of his opponents. As revealed in Nothing to Lose, Reacher hates confronting an opponent armed with a knife. In addition to his fighting prowess, a common element of the Reacher novels is his overall propensity for brutality when necessary. Reacher's capacity for violence is enormous, although those he harms are nearly always villains worthy of what they receive. One notable exception to this was a bartender Reacher encounters during an Army investigation in the prequel novel The Enemy. Reacher badly maims the man in a fight but later learns he was not involved with the story's antagonists. He was officially reprimanded for this by the Army. In his efforts to protect innocents and stop villains, he has done such things as snap necks, bludgeon skulls, and break knees. Sometimes during the course of a novel (usually toward the end) Reacher calmly kills his foe(s) even after they are no longer a threat, but only if they have committed terrible acts (usually multiple murders) which he feels merit their deaths as justice. Such killings by Reacher are featured in Persuader and Bad Luck and Trouble, among others. In The Hard Way, Reacher is described as completely lacking, "The remorse gene. It just wasn't there." Reacher does not relish violence, but his ability to employ violence in a rational and just manner allows him to stop the novels' tremendously evil antagonists. He has a very strong moral code. In Killing Floor it is revealed that he has a love for music, especially blues music. It was this affinity for the blues that inspired Reacher to get off the bus at the start of Killing Floor and catapulted him into the resulting story. It is also in this novel that Reacher's internal monologue reveals that he has a music collection in his head, which he listens to. Reacher is always aware of his surroundings; he always sits with his back to the wall, so that he can see those entering a room so he cannot be attacked from behind. He generally likes to be alone, especially in the dark. In 61 Hours it is stated that an army psychological study of reactions to fear in children showed him as having abnormally fast reflexes and aggression levels at the age of six. As revealed in Nothing to Lose, Reacher holds no religious beliefs and is openly scornful of the fundamentalist Christianity espoused by the novel's antagonist. Reacher also shows his disdain for religion when in Bad Luck and Trouble he is traveling to Los Angeles via airline and he states that he does not "like Alaskan Airline because they put scripture cards on the meal trays." Reacher is a skilled marksman. In addition being the only non-Marine to win the Marine Corps Wimbledon Cup rifle competition, he also won the US Army Pistol Championship and served as a pistol instructor. Throughout the novels, Reacher has shown great skill in the use of handguns, rifles, sub-machine guns, and shotguns. [edit] Physical appearance Reacher is a giant, standing at 6' 5" tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 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 (he reveals in Persuader, he has never been an exercise enthusiast.) He is exceptionally strong but is not a good runner.[1] 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. Reacher has multiple scars, most notably a scar on his abdomen caused by a bombing in Lebanon.[2] He also has a 3-4 inch thin white scar that intersects his shrapnel scar that he received during a knife fight with Al-Qaeda operative Lila Hoth. Reacher mentions how the rough stitch work from his existing scar helped decrease the severity of his most recent attack. However, the cut did produce a deep, serious gash that led to Reacher passing out from blood loss.[3] He also has a scar on his chest from a .38 bullet,[4] a tear drop burn scar from close range gun shot that crossed his chest at point blank range,[5] and one on his arm where his brother struck him with a chisel in his youth.[6] [edit] Family Reacher's mother Josephine Moutier Reacher, born in France, was 30 years old when Reacher was born. She met Reacher's father in Korea and married him in Holland (The Enemy). She was widowed in 1988, and died in 1990 at the age of 60 of cancer. When she was only 13, she joined the French Resistance and under the alias "Beatrice" worked with Le Chemin de Fer Humain (the Human Railroad), saving 80 men. She garroted a schoolmate, a boy who threatened to give her up to the Nazis. Josephine Moutier was awarded the Médaille de la Résistance (the Resistance Medal) for her heroism. Reacher's father (name unknown) was a Marine captain, who served in Korea and Vietnam. His service in the United States Marine Corps kept his family continually moving all around the world to various military bases. He died in 1988. When describing his father, Jack is quoted as saying, "(He was) a stone-cold killer. Next to him I look like Liberace.[7]" After military service, "there was no place left for people like him.[8]" Jack had only one sibling, brother Joe Reacher. Two years older than Jack, Joe was born on a military base in the Philippines. Jack used to help Joe beat up the kids who gave him trouble in school, and vice versa. Joe was also a West Point graduate, and spent five years in Military Intelligence before joining the Treasury Department. He never won any of the "good medals", only the "junk awards." Joe died at the age of 38, having arranged a meeting with a potential investigation subject (see Killing Floor). Because he was killed in the line of duty, he can be found on the Treasury's Roll of Honor.

  • July 16, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I don't really see Tom Cruise playing that character


    besides his physical appearance, even the personality doesn't seem like a match. But I don't give a fuck, I never read the books. The studios know most of us haven't, either. They don't care about you fans, they want to reel in the big fish, the bigger action movie audience that has never heard of this book series. The story must be good, they chose this book out of a very long series of books.

  • July 16, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    All you people bitchin' about Cruise's height must have forgotten...

    by schizoschizo

    ...the Hobbitization technology they perfected in the Lord of the Rings movies. See? Shrink everyone else in the movie, and Cruise will look ent-sized.

  • July 16, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Who the heck is Reacher?

    by Mattman

  • July 16, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Why do Hollywood alway hire fucking wimps?

    by chien_sale

    What the Hell sort of advantage does that give you to properly tell the story? Are real men too treatening for the little girls demo or something?

  • July 16, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    tom cruise

    by anthony armstrong

    wow, tom cruise really isnt jack reacher after all

  • July 16, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Just Awful

    by eman1111

    There are times where an actor not matching the physical type is okay but in this case it is fucking ridiculous. Reacher is 6'5 250 and his size is a big part of who and what he is. Cruise is 5'7 at most and is not even close to be intimidating on any level at all whereas Reacher is intimidating. Are you telling me there are no male actors over six foot tall who cannot pull this off, absolutely ludicrious. The other problem is that Cruise 's star has faded big time. Cannot believe this news and as much as I love the books I will not be seeing these movies.

  • July 16, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    tom cruise

    by anthony armstrong

    thanks winona_ryders_pussy_juice, even though i know your a man

  • July 16, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise?! You gotta me shitting me! Please... NO!

    by allykatD

    Way to TOTALLY and UTTERLY fuck up an excellent series. Every so often you come across a series of books and you just immediately like them, the premise and the hero the writer's way of putting words on a page. That was the first Jack Reacher novel for me. That was the first Mitch Rapp novel for me. That was the first Gray Man (Mark Greaney) for me. So, when they turned Point of Impact into a movie (Shooter with Mark Wahlberg), I was actually okay with the changes and the updates to the timeline, and it stuck with the books premise mainly, and Wahlberg was pretty good. So I'm not a complete turd if some of the ideas of a favorite story are changed... But this... Cruise? No way. No fucking way. I don't care if the greatest fucking director that ever walked this planet decided to direct this. I refuse to accept Cruise as Jack Reacher. What a colossal fucking casting mistake, what bone head exec though this was a good idea? Lee Child can't possibly be happy about this casting? One of the MAIN points of Reacher's physicality is his height. He's an imposing dude. Bah... Cruise.

  • July 16, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Sorry, only read about a third of the dork rants...

    by Nice Marmot

    ... so how is this guy's height so damn important? Does he frequently have to shop big and tall stores? Walk into ceiling fans? Play basketball w/ the big boys?

  • July 16, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    You'd fuck a person in the ass...

    by TitusPullo

    ... and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a Reacheround.

  • July 16, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Good gravy's SHOOTER all over again...

    by chaburchak

    This casting is almost as bad as Marky Mark Wahlberg as ex-sniper Bob Lee Swagger. What the hell are they smoking out there? I think Steve Buscemi is a darned good actor but I wouldn't cast him as a giant ass kicker either. Cruise can be effective in the right role, but this doesn't doesn't sound like one of them. What could have set it apart from other generic action properties has now been effectively pooped on. Oh well, what can you expect from Hollywood these days. (Hell, if they had a lick of sense, they'd be rebooting the Swagger franchise with Stephen Lang in the lead...imagine that, a star who can act AND actually matches the character in the book? Who'da thunk it!)

  • July 16, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    A character actor is not he!

    by batfunk

    I've never heard of these books. If Tom Cruise is in anything, I normally refuse to watch it (apart from Minority Report). I can't stand looking at the guy. Bring back honest to goodness proper actors with personality and interesting faces. Like films used to be. Could you really have imagined him in a Lovecraftian Del Toro movie? The Scientology is icing on the cake. Just say no!

  • July 16, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by rainingbells

  • July 16, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I got ah, I'm just PHOOOOOOOOO! Ya know and. Ah. He he he!

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I'm ah. I'm the way to happiness. Kay. I'm ah, I'm the way to peace.

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I can, I can ah, I can unite cultures. I can, I can EAT PLANETS!

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I mean I can just UMMM...SNAP! He he he he he he!

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

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    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    SHUT UP!

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    What is this place? Seriously. What? Why are there no clocks in here?

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    HE HE HE HE HE HE! I'm ah, I'm okay. I'm on it.

    by Darth_Kong

  • July 16, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Is Reacher's last name Round?

    by Dr Gregory House

    Bwahahaha!!! I got a million of 'em.

  • July 16, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    The Rock from FASTER

    by Haroon Khan

    Now THAT looked the part (minus the blonde hair)

  • July 16, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Tom cruise as reacher is like ...

    by Haroon Khan

    ... casting a 6 foot tall chinese kid as Harry Potter

  • July 16, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Steve Buscemi as Thor

    by Haroon Khan

  • July 16, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Seth Green as Superman

    by Haroon Khan

  • July 16, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Paul Walker as Tyrion Lannister

    by Haroon Khan

  • July 16, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Dakotta Fanning as Wonderwoman

    by Haroon Khan

  • July 16, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    and finally Tom Cruise as Reacher would be spot on casting

    by Haroon Khan

  • July 17, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Lee Child's approval

    by severianx1

    "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way." Translation- "I'm making a shitload of money on this, so I don't give a fuck who they cast".

  • July 17, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren

    by severianx1

    Agree with that idea 100%. He would be absolutely perfect for this role.

  • July 17, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Reacher is big and intimidating

    by Anino

    This is what makes the villains in the books scary. Normal people see Reacher and don't mess with him. But the villains tend to be brute-force thugs that think they can take him. They're bullies. That's the main theme in most Reacher stories--small town, helpless every day folk being menaced by thugs that think they're invincible and untouchable, even to the point where a 6'5" ex-MP doesn't intimidate them. Another thing. The book series can be a movie franchise. So get an up and coming actor, early thirties at most, and BIG. Kevin Durand needs a break out role. He's 6'6". He's franchise ready.

  • July 17, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by severianx1

    Yep, we get it. You're a fucking troll.

  • ...wasn't there an outcry that Cruise was all wrong for Lestat too?<p> I know nothing about this Reacher character so he may be a bad choice. Just asking.

  • July 17, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    If you haven't read the books you're missing out

    by Anino

    Every time a new Lee Child book comes out it's number one the NY Times best seller list. What a lot of people like about Jack Reacher is he's just a no-nonsense hero. He's not some brooding cop with a drinking problem, or some OCD detective whose wife left him. He's not a disillusioned ex-operative that accidentally shot a kid. There's a reason certain types of heroes in literature throughout the centuries resonate with readers. They see injustice, they notice a situation isn't right--they find who's responsible and they make it right. Simple--but very satisfying. And Lee Child is a master story teller when it comes to that simple narrative. He also keeps Reacher's emotional traits a little vague, so his personality can be a one-sized fits all shell that readers can slip into. Readers empathize immediately, and root for him.

  • July 17, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    RE: Steve Buscemi as Thor....

    by DoctorWho?

    LMFAO. That's gold Jerry!!!!!!!!

  • July 17, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by sagamanus

    Lol every time you hear something you don't like it's because their trolling. This is a fanboy site with mostly rightwing nazi's on it. That's why you like your men hard - carrying guns and killing ppl. No emotional baggage because their men after all. As if we've ever had a reprieve from that garbage. FU and reacher.

  • July 17, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Kevin Durand?!? I fucking hate that guy...

    by jimmy_009

    I want to punch him every time I see him in a tough guy role trying to act all bad ass with his chimpmunk cheeks and pre-schooler face.

  • July 17, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    We're forgetting that Psycho-Cruise had potential.

    by Onin Solstice

    The crazier Cruise gets the more I like his roles.

  • I don't care who they've got directing it. If Reacher is not cast right, it won't work. And dickhead Tom Cruise is so not right for this role. I can't believe that Lee Child is being cool with this. I can't believe that anyone would be cool with this.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    If you haven't read the books shut the fuck up

    by eman1111

    How can anyone who has not read the books even comment on the casting of Cruise in this role when you have no frame of reference compared to those of us who have read the books. Reacher's physical presence is a very large part of his character and it just boggles the mind that they would cast Cruise who is practically a midget for this role. It is like instead of having Bruce Banner turn into the CGI Hulk or Lou F. you have him turn into Pee Wee Herman, it is that bad. Pee Wee could be the ultimate method actor but you are never going to buy him as the fucking Hulk. That is what we are talking about here. I have to come down on Lee Child as well because he is either just a greedy pig and getting a ton of money for this or he has no backbone whatsoever and won't speak up Reacher is a very big guy, intimidating, physical even a little scary at times and Cruise on his best day isn't the least bit scary. Remember when we watch him in movies they are constantly doing things to compensate for his lack of height with camera angles and I am sure like Alan Ladd the old box trick. And this is in movies and in roles where you don't have a character that is already established out there based in large part on his physical size and strength. So for those of you who have not read the books go read them and then come back here and tell us how Cruise will fit this role otherwise shut the fuck up. Finally Nordling have you read the books and if you have you wouldn't make this crazy statement about the director because it doesn't matter who the director is when you have so poorly cast the lead role, this is a fucking travesty.

  • July 17, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise was, is, and always will be shit.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    Bring back the colosseum and lions, but for Scientologists. And Teabaggers.

  • July 17, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is one of our generations greatest...

    by Lance2769

    actors and actors play "parts" that they are not in real vertically inclined or not, he has the chops to pull this off. Just my opinion.

  • July 17, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise = $$$


    Dolph Lungren? Haha what are we talking about here, straight to DVD? The Rock's movie make what, 20 million TOPS opening weekend? Average 15? That just won't fly. No they need a bankable action star. Deflate the main character's physical appearance, change him up a little, problem solved. He has a gun, right? No need to be able to crush people's necks with his bare hands, it's unnecessary. Drop Tom Cruise into the story and roll the cameras.

  • July 17, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Can't Do Macho!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I'm sorry, as much as he'd like to think he is, Tom Cruise just isn't macho. No matter how hard he tries, and he tries VERY hard. I think if we saw him sucking dick in a movie we'd finally see Cruise doing something convincingly.

  • July 17, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by batmans_pants

    Your kidding right? Tom Cruise can play Tom Cruise. Thats the extent of his ability. You always know exactly what your going to get in a TC film. TC is a samurai. TC is a spy. TC is a fighter pilot. TC is a hitman. TC is a nascar driver. TC IS a shit actor. There is absolutely nothing that varies with his performance. The sitution changes but he doesn't.

  • July 17, 2011, 3 a.m. CST


    by batmans_pants

    No. He doesn't have a gun. He has a toothbrush. He beats the shit out of you with his bare hands. See TC doing that? Only to Katie Holmes I'd imagine....

  • July 17, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Eman1111 is right

    by Anino

    STFU if you haven't read the books--or if you're going to write something, don't do it in such a way that makes you look even more douche-baggy than you already are. The wikipedia summary of Reacher, and posters here who have read every single book, AND the books themselves--are all more than enough to make the case why this is bad casting. So from a purity/faithfulness to the character standpoint, this sucks. Casting Cruise fundamentally changes the character's nature, and radically wipes out a MAJOR factor in Reacher's appeal. But for you non-readers that keep saying Tom Cruise will do just fine because it's about the money this film will make--how so? He hasn't made a movie that grossed over $100 million since 2006. Two years later, Valkyrie did OK at about $80 million. Then just last year, "Knight and Day" was a flop, grossing just a little over $70M. Cruise ain't the goldne goose he used to be. "One Shot" will just come across to (non-reading) audience as a solo Mission Impossible knock off meets the Bourne Identity with a bit of Collateral. Translation: something we've all seen before, something we'll just wait to stream on Netflix, if we're not currently distracted by some other shiny object. The Reacher concept, as it is in the books, cast PROPERLY, could have the potential to be something REALLY cool on screen, with franchise possibilities. Casting Cruise does none of that, and One Shot will come and go.

  • Paramount has been leading Child on for years with this character...(They own the film rights to all his Jack Reacher novels)...But Child has always said, "I'll leave the movie business alone as long as they leave the writing business alone". He wants nothing to do with the screenplay...casting...director...nothing. He's just gonna cash the check and keep on pumping out excellent stories. <p> Too bad. Because with the right casting...Child could have been cashing LOTS of checks with this character for years to come (with 16 Reacher novels and counting)... <p> As it's kind of ironic Paramount chose "One Shot" to start off with...(9th in the series)...Cuz they only have "one shot" to launch this character as a viable franchise...and I hear the legions of Jack Reacher fans screaming "Noooooooooooooo!!!" at this ridiculous casting choice....because they know, too...that Cruise is by all accounts a terrific actor....but Jack Mother Fuckin' Reacher he ain't. <p> This is the equivalent of casting Zoe Saldana as "Precious". Now...I'm certain Zoe could have thrown on a fat suit and 80 pounds of prosthetic make up and given a performance as good as Gabourey Sidibe...But...WHY BOTHER? To have a bankable, box office "name" in the credits? No! You go find an actor that FITS THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CHARACTER IN THE FUCKIN' BOOK. <p> Hell...they just may win a fuckin' Oscar. <p> Or at least give you "one shot" at a follow up to the series. <p> Look...I got no problem with Cruise. He's proven he can play varied roles (from "Born on the 4th of July" to "Tropic Thunder"). And yes...there was an outcry when he was cast as LeStat...but nowhere in that book said LeStat was a giant, behemoth of a man. Cruise pulled that off fine. If anything, Pitt was the weak link in that chain. But...I digest... <p> When Reacher walks into a room...any room...he looks imposing...PHYSICALLY....without saying a word...he sends out the message..."Don't Fuck With Me". We have all SEEN this guy in our travels. They exsist. You steer clear of them...if yer smart. (Luckily, the antagonists in the books never GET that message because they dismiss him as a dumb brute...or feel they have him out numbered.). <p> If 5'6", 185lbs Tom "Maverick" Cruise thinks he can pull off that vibe convincingly...and Child has no problem with it...who am I to say they're wrong? <p> Welp...They're wrong. I'll be catching "One Shot" at the $1 Red Box. Peace, ya'll!

  • July 17, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    no gun?


    wow. haha. the dorks win. this is retarded.

  • July 17, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    without a bankable star


    a movie like this could end up only making 45 million total. Tom Cruise is some insurance that it will make more than that. Faster made 23 million. Do you think they want The Rock?

  • July 17, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    @schizoschizo: on hobbits...

    by jeffv

    IMHO, the hobbit forced-perspective thing was all over the place. You could never tell how tall they were supposed to be. Sometimes they came up to Gandalf's belt, sometimes mid-chest. And they couldn't move around a lot (depth-wise) when sharing scenes with people. The easier answer is that everyone else in the cast needs to be shorter than Cruise. Does Vern Troyer still work?

  • July 17, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Keanu maybe? But... Where have all the Lundgrens gone?

    by Jack

    Reeves is a good 6' 1", about 190lbs I guess and despite what many dumbasses will think, he can be intimidating as fuck in the right role. Remember Donnie 'Get-your-goddam-ass-in-the-truck!' Barksdale in The Gift? I'd go toe-to-toe with Cruise any time over that redneck version of Reeves. But nooooooooooooo. But then again, Tom Janes is only a couple of inches taller than Cruise, and pulled off a reasonable Punisher so maybe there is a glimmer of hope for Reacher. But where have all the Lundgrens gone? As Bart Simpson once said: "Want results? You have to go to the Schwarzeneggers, the Stallones, and to a lesser extent the Van Dammes."

  • July 17, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Jane, not Janes. Too early.

    by Jack

  • July 17, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Reacharounder: An Erotic Gay Midget Scientologist Detective Story

    by NeonFrisbee

    Tom Cruise has to go undercover into the high-stakes Gay Midget Wrestling Association as Reacharounder -- the world's toughest gay midget scientologist detective. His mission: to expose how the psychologists/psychiatrists are manipulating the minds of the gay midget wrestlers and making it more and more difficult to achieve theta clear. Most of the film will feature Cruise mud-wrestling midgets (and or, playing volleyball with them) in the nude, then jumping on couches to tell everyone he's not gay, before forking over more cash to L Run Hubbard's coffers so that they'll continue telling him that he's not gay and that all psychiatrists (who keep telling him that he *is* gay) are liars. Oh, and it's a documentary.

  • July 17, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Just a matter of time

    by bellscorners

    Before Tom Cruise takes on a famous role, decides that he should act it as something other than Tom Cruise in his next part, goes for it, and fails miserably. I think he's close to the line now, just one real bomb with ridiculous acting to put him on the path to self-parody. I think the guy can act, but his fame is just too big for him to convincingly act as anything other than "Tom Cruise playing xxxxx yyyyyy". I really liked him in Magnolia, but that wasn't his movie, and for whatever reason, he put aside who he is ie. one of the most famous movie stars on the planet. Maybe he should just cut it off and go do his own thing, produce some indies and let it go. That could be interesting.

  • July 17, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    The Scriptwriter

    by Hipshot

    Josh Olson, very tactfully said that he had envisioned someone...larger... when he wrote the script. I think that's known as "tact." (Josh himself is a BIG guy, and would probably find it hard to empathize with someone Cruise's size, physically) I think that the readers of a book own a portion of that property, but so does the author. If the author says that size was a metaphor for an unstoppable force, we have no need to say he's lying. That might well be what the size was...FOR HIM. For the readers, however, a different reality might well obtain, and their feelings are important as well. I've never read one of the Reacher books, but I'm tempted to seek them out now, just to have a sense. I suspect I empathize with those of you who are disappointed.

  • July 17, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Changes to characters

    by Hipshot

    I've had scripts altered painfully on the way to production. Sometimes for good reasons, sometimes utter bullshit. Had a long correspondence with Peter O'Donnell, who created the British Modesty Blaise comic strips, and the changes made to his beloved character in the 1966 film horrified him. Making her American in the TV movie pilot annoyed him (that one was bland, not insulting). And the "Tarantino presents" "My Name Is Modesty" was both a serious disappointment and the most accurate depiction of the character brought to screen. He said he never wanted another film made--was done with Hollywood. I contacted the scriptwriter, and she had actually created a script for a feature Modesty Blaise movie that might get made. She was kind enough to let me read it, and it is VERY faithful to the original concept...but there are STILL major changes to peripheral characters that shocked and disturbed me (one "father figure" was turned into a love interest! Creeped me the fuck out.) Sigh. There are always changes to books, and some of them improve the project, and others ratfuck them. It is definitely a crap-shoot.

  • July 17, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Not everyone in the world has read this novel

    by Justin Atkinson

    Quit whining, christ not everyone in the world has read this book! and I'm sure the studios understand that - geeks!

  • July 17, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    6'5" Jason Momoa would work.

    by Hesiod2k7

    Or, Ray Stevenson. Then again, remember when everyone went apeshit because they cast the 6'2" Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? Tom Cruise is actually the correct height for Wolverine.

  • July 17, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    tommy tommy

    by bellscorners

    last samurai come upon loaf of bread and some jam. extract sword. slice to thick cut pieces, use the tip to spread the jam. chow down tommy. chow down. so full that you feel drowsy, and curl up on a train. you lay down and never wake up.

  • July 17, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I think 'Reacher Round' would be a more appropriate name for Cruise

    by BiggusDickus


  • July 17, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Reverse Hobbit-Sizing Cruise is beyond ridiculous. Please stop.

    by Cheif Brody

    Let's pay our star $35 Million with points on the back end and a 3 picture committment...THEN, have 70-80 EXPENSIVE visual effects shots per movie to "embiggen him" whenever necessary...Like...when he's standing next to the leading lady, or facing off against an enemy. <p> No...It's obviously not important to the filmmakers to please the people who put Jack Reacher at the top of the NY Time Bestsellers List year after year. The only people on the planet who live, eat, and sleep on every single one of his adventures...wondering how the fuck he's gonna get out every mess he finds himself in with only a fuckin toothbrush as a weapon. <p> Those who are saying that disappointing Child's readers is insignificant to having a big name like Cruise in the title role are mistaken. Follow me here... <p> First off...yer absolutely right. We probably WON'T see the there goes yer built in audience. NOW...miscast the role in a way that goes 180 direction away from the character that was decent enough to top the bestsellers list with each new book, thus, immasculating what made the books work so well...and the average "Joe" movie goer is gonna say, "Why the fuck are people so excited about these Reacher books? Nothing special here...Just another Jason Bourne clone". <p> "One Shot" fails miserably...which, in turn, makes people shy away from future Reacher movies...and also discourages them from actually picking up one of the goddamn books. Lose/Lose. <p> I ask you...Is anyone on the edge of their seat waiting for "Knight and Day 2"? That's exactly what's gonna happen to "One Shot". A great character KILLED before he ever got a chance to build a wide audience. <p> Not to say, Cruise shouldn't be involved...he'd be better served PRODUCING the flick(s)...and...perhaps playing one of the MANY key VILLAIN roles in "One Shot". Reacher's opponents in these books are not fuckin pushovers. The are BAD MUTHAFUCKERS. Ruthless fucking people. I'd rather see Tom attack one of THOSE roles...rather than spitting right in the face of the fans of the lead character. <p> There are plenty of gifted WELL KNOWN actors in Hollywood over 6 foot tall...and there's a million other UNKNOWN actors who could have been cast as Reacher..that would better convey the sense of the character as it was written. (Nobody knew who Daniel Radcliffe was back in 2001...but at least he wasn't Hispanic...or 8 feet tall!!) <p> Not only is Cruise not tall & brawny enough...he's too fuckin pretty. Reacher is NOT handsome....he's average looking. He's gruff...unkept...charming enough to get a chick into bed...but, definitely not a ladykiller. <p> Hell...I'd TAKE a short guy if he LOOKED menacing. Cruise can't convey's just that simple. <p> Aw, well...Paramount has a long-standing deal with Cruise...also with Child....Guess they are killing two birds with one stone. Let's see if "Ghost Protocal" tanks. See how excited they are about Tommy Boy after that. <p>

  • July 17, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Should've given it to The Rock...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...and spent the extra $millions on SFX!

  • July 17, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Should've given it to Kevin Durand...

    by ccRider66

    Fits the description perfectly.

  • July 17, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Should've given it to Bellscorners

    by bellscorners

    I hear he's hot. Go Bellscorners, go! Man, who cares what the protagonist looks like compared to the book. Just make it a good movie.

  • <p>Would you haters have the same reaction? Probably. But look how well that turned out. Sometimes casting against type can work. At least give Cruise the benefit of the doubt. He did play a badass well in Collateral. And height isn't everything. Imagine Will Ferrell playing Jack Reacher. He's 6'3 and probably around 200 pounds. But I highly doubt he could be intimidating (then again maybe he has dramatic chops that I haven't seen, so who knows?).</p> <p>Having said all that, let me also say that I'm not a fan of Cruise and think he sounds like a smarmy, self-righteous asshole in real life. And if I were in charge of casting, I would have gotten Liam Neeson, since he already played a Reacher-like character in Taken and has the height and menace factor.</p>

  • July 17, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    If it were 1988...

    by ccRider66

    Nick Nolte would be cast as Reacher.

  • July 17, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Kevin Durand will never be a movie star

    by jimmy_009

    He's not believable as a "tough guy". He has too much of an annoying baby face and chipmunk cheeks. I find him distracting in every role I see him in. I'm sure he's a great guy, but can't stand seeing him pop up in otherwise good movies or shows.

  • July 17, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Just based on the fact that it's a possible Franchise-Starter...

    by Lucky13

    I wish it would have gone to a younger 'real guy' type of actor. I always kinda hoped Dwayne Johnson would become the new action-hero ala Arnold or Stallone... but he diverged into silly family rom-com shit before he even barely got started. He was the least offensive Hollywood pretty boy in quite some time. Someone you could believe you'd have a beer with, as opposed to someone like Cruise... Tom Cruise just has the face of an uppity little cunt. It's hard not to believe the nasty rumors you hear about him. Something about the look in his eyes. Of course, I could be completely wrong and he could be the nicest dude on earth. That said.. as a physical action-star, it's tough to believe Cruise. He's just so damn little. You can see it in his torso, just how tiny a man he is. As an arrogant pilot? Sure. A race-car driver? You betcha. An undercover spy? Yeah, why not. As a large ex-military vigilante who can pummel his enemies with his bare hands? Eh, not so much.

  • July 17, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Kevin Durand

    by bellscorners

    I just figured out who that guy is, tall dude from Robin Hood. Jimmy_009 doesn't think he's going to be a movie star. Who am I to argue with Jimmy_009? He clearly is in the know. All I can say is that I thought he was pretty decent, kinda funny, in Robin Hood, and sort of has a face that says menacing. Kinda looks like a scary guy.

  • July 17, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Yeah he's a real menace:

  • July 17, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Verne Troyer as his stunt double

    by Rob D

    Maybe he can square off against Mini Kiss in the finale. They'll save a bundle on the set design because everything will be half scale. I look forward to the Big Wheel freeway chase scene. Unfortunately, Reacher won't be able to ride any of the adult rides at the amusement park either.

  • July 17, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I've heard rumors that Tom Cruise was a reacher

    by krabklaw

  • July 17, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Jimmy Jimmy

    by bellscorners

    Look at his IMDB pic. I think he has it in him. Plus he was Gabriel in Legion, and while that movie sucked ass, I thought he was pretty effective in it. Stop pulling out pretty boy pics, could find something like that for anyone out there, including some of the others that are apparently more suited for the rule than that jackass tom cruise... like liam neeson or dwayne johnson (who makes full movies of cutesie crap).

  • July 17, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    "PSYCHO" Norman Bates: Book VS Movie

    by TheJudger

    Norman was described as an older, overweight, balding man.

  • July 17, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    from the sounds of it Tyler Mane would have been a good choice

    by TheJudger

    oh well

  • July 17, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    from the sounds of it bellscorners would have been a good choice

    by bellscorners

    but then you would have said that he was too strikingly good looking, too well-proportioned, and endowed with too huge a penis. and you would have been right, god bless you all. so much talk about miscasting... what is miscasting? sometimes it's clear that someone really fits a role, but is it really clear when someone doesn't? what is a good example of miscasting?

  • July 17, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Yer_Maw

    Cruise is a terrific actor and gives good Action ... and I couldn't give a fuck about his religion. But. In the books Reacher's size is a major part of the character, referred to throught the narratives, influencing the way he fights etc. Which is why Cruise is so clearly wrong for a legit adaptation. If however, they basically go the route of saying 'fuck it' and just lifting the plots and having at it (Bond, anyone?), then why not? He'll be a new character with the same name. Could still rock. Anyway, the obvious contenders these days for the role (in a big budget movie) would be Dwayne Johnson and, er ... oh well. Just Dwayne Johnson. Reacher's ethnicity is unimportant in the books but still, Johnson - like most action stars of today - is too pumped. He clearly spends 4 hours a day in the gym. Reacher is supposed to be big and brawny. Doesn't really workout. Isn't a body-builder. Basically, he's Every Which Way But Loose-era Eastwood. Or Under Siege-era Seagal. So. What I'm saying is - no time machine, no Reacher.

  • July 17, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise confirmed for reacharounds

    by chev chelios

  • July 17, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by bellscorners

    crikes, what a flavour-of-the-day name. some poor schmuck has trouble with visual perception and he is mocked forever. btw, did the teaser actually play before deathly hallows part 2?

  • July 17, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Don't know what's more humorous

    by Celicynd

    The fact they've cast Tom Cruise as a 6'5" giant, or the fact that retards keep posting the "reach around" joke thinking they're original and funny when it was said in the second post in the thread.

  • July 17, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    They plan on using children and

    by paulrichard

    little people in all the other roles, making Tom Cruise look huge. Problem solved.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Haven't read the books

    by Val Verde Historian

    But what about Kevin Mckidd (Lucius Verinus)? He's tall enough and intimidating.

  • July 17, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    @ hanyoyo

    by allykatD

    It's obvious from your comments that you're never read any of Child's Reacher books. If you had read them, or had any clue about them or its character Jack Reacher, you would understand the fan outcry and you would probably be one of us. People like to dismiss the fans, but it was the popularity of the books that got them noticed to begin with. Each released book makes it to the New York Times bestseller list. The stories and the character of Jack Reach have a huge fanbase. It is because of this popularity that one of the novels is being made into a movie with an internationally known movie star. It's not obscurity that got One Shot greenlighted for a movie, it's the popularity. Popularity got Harry Potter greenlighted... and Percy Jackson... and the Girl Who Kicked the Hornets nest.... and you name it. Popular bestselling books get made into movies because of the built-in fanbase. Tom Cruise is so wrong on many many fronts that actually his size is only one of the issues. It's like casting McCauley Caulkin as Harry Potter, Steve Buscemi as Captain American or Helen Mirren as Wonderwoman. It's just... wrong. The casting is so off kilter, it's inconceivable. Like... Hello, McFly...

  • Steven Spielberg excised the fat and tacked on a brilliant (if scientifically impossible) new ending to JAWS. Did anyone need to know the Mayor of Amity was in bed with the Mob? Or Hooper was LITERALLY in bed with Brody's wife? Hells no! <p> What did he LEAVE intact? The fuckin main characters AS described by Peter Benchley from the damn BEST SELLING BOOK. <p> Hitch had his reasons for opting with the tall, lanky and young Anthony Hopkins instead of the creepy Norman Bates from the book...and IMPROVED on the story. <p> It's as if no one at Paramount....or Chris MacQuarrie...or CRUISE himself hasn't read any of the books. Reacher's size and demeanor is mentioned ad nauseum every other page. There's no WAY TC could have read one of these passages and not had a moment of..."Hey...wait a tick....I'm NOT this guy". If he didn't...then he's delusional. I'm certain if he's only read the SCREENPLAY...that there's prolly NO MENTION of Reacher's size in the screenwriter assumes they'd be casting a giant in the role. <p> But the things Reacher "One Shot"...or any of the books...could never be conveyed properly on screen with TC in the role... <p> Mission: Impossible. <p> I'd rather they opt for the story rights alone, change the character's name and leave Jack Reacher out of it! It's obvious Paramount likes the STORY...the character be damned....Perhaps then, a true Reacher movie could get greenlit again in the future after "One Shot" fails miserably.

  • July 17, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    billy_d_williams - the Stallone eye contact stuff is total BS

    by Rollo Tomasi666

    Sly does not have a "no eye contact thing" at all. That is total BS. I know this FIRST HAND at the highest level. So whoever told you this is full of it. I have no idea about Cruise since I haven't worked with him directly but I seriously doubt that as well.

  • July 17, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Just a vanity project...

    by allykatD

    that's all I can figure for an aging and fading star who probably knows that this is not a role for him. That's what it has to be. Cruise wants to pretend he's some big tough badass and the only way that is ever going to happen is to fantasize about it by playing Jack Reacher. I don't hate Cruise. I saw Knight and Day and although I thought it was just okay, it was the fault of the screenplay and not Cruise or Diaz.

  • July 17, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    What's all the hubbub, bub?

    by crazybubba

    All this commotion has got to be good for Childs because I'm gonna read the novels now just to see what all the hubbub is about.

  • July 17, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    It's more than just height

    by django_il_bastardo

    Reacher is the defintion of badass, Cruise is just the defintion of total asshole.

  • July 17, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST



    Yes movies are meant for audiences but we are watching a story where the characters dont know we are there. Once the characters act KNOWING we are there and saying stuff/acting just for us and not for the sake of character or story is what I meant, as I assume did wonka. I cant believe I had to explain that to you, and after you tried to make ME look stupid. Nice one dude, try again.

  • I will laugh when MI5 or whatever number it is tanks as well at the box office.

  • July 17, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    He's too busy his cult

    by corplhicks

    Measuring his thetin or midiclorian count or whatever. Lol

  • In this case they have really screwed the pooch. What makes a book marketable as a movie to the producers, obviously that the book at the very least is a bestseller and has a built in audience ready to watch. By casting Cruise in this role where the main character, Reacher, size is so important as the character sheer physical presence always makes an impression on the good and bad guys and gals. While Reacher can use a gun he rarely does rather he pummels the bad guys to death or to the hospital because he is huge, smart and a good fighter. There is an old adage a good big fighter will beat a good small figher every time. Size, weight and reach matter a lot and when you have a huge guy who knows how to fight and use his strength to gain the biggest advantage he will crush a tiny guy in a second. There is no getting around Cruise's small size no matter how much musle he puts on he will always be a small man. In America the height for a male is 5'10 and Cruise is barely 5'7 if that so he looks small against average looking guys let alone some of the monsters Reacher faces in the books. So who is going to watch this movie? I can guarantee you that the majority of the fans who love the books are not going to watch it because of the radical change to the character and that means that with one terrible casting choice they have alienated the vast majority of the people who would want to have watched the movie before the trailer came out if they would have cast somebody who was the right size and a decent to good actor. While I don't dislike Cruise and have enjoyed some of his films there is also no doubt that his days as a big star are behind him. His last few movies have done very poorly at the box office and "One Shot" will be just that a one shot because the movie will tank at the box office. Hard to believe that the producers could be so stupid as to alienate the very people they were counting on when they optioned the film, but there is no accounting for the stupidity of hollywood now is there. Finally again to the people who have not read the books you can comment all you want on this casting choice and how we fans of the books are over reacting, but without having read the books your words have no basis in an intelligent debate over this casting choice because you know nothing about the books or the character. So go ahead and comment all you want, but until you read the books those of us who have will simply disregard your comments as the prattling of ignorant fools.

  • ... and Tom fucking Cruise doesn't fit the bill. Period. Franchise dead..........

  • July 17, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Wolverine is - what -- 5'3" tall in the Comics?

    by Hesiod2k7

    And, nobody had a problem with 6'2" Hugh Jackman playing him in the movies. At least, not at first. Ironically, Tom Cruise would have been a good choice to play wolverine.

  • July 17, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Dean

    Good summation, Eman1111 - right on the money

  • July 17, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne is a poor analogy.

    by Hesiod2k7

    He was going to be wearing a Bat suit. And, Burton wanted to heighten the contrast between Keaton/Wayne and Batman. Just as a comparison -- would anyone in their right mind cast Tom Cruise as Conan? Of course not. It would be ridiculous.

  • July 17, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    What Happened To Genuine Hollywood Tough Guys?

    by Woodrow_Wilson_Smith

    Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, Steve-o McQueen - there was a time when you knew the actors were actual men. And they looked and acted the part. Now guys like Cruise - who looks like what he is, a flaming little guy who is a complete freak - hold the spotlight. Are his fans all women, or are we just a softer bunch than previous generations? Not sure.

  • he seems to do all these movies where his character is this adventure seeking hero hard ass. lol @ compensating? -a little? also his last few flicks havent exactly lit the box office on fire.

  • July 17, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Pffft Ben stiller as Tom Cruze woulda been betr

    by threetoesoffury

    I love the jack reacher books and have always felt that Hollywood should cast a new face for him. Of course thatd b risky and they're going for guaranteed draw...sigh.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    So is Tom Cruise not the right size for this role?

    by Johnny 5

    Fuck you if your a guy who's read the book and is pissed

  • July 18, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Cruise not gay. Just has inner seething need to take shlongs.

    by Onin Solstice

  • Met Tom (and Nicole) walking down the street. Real nice guy, genuine, friendly. What tall guy do you want to star in this film that fits the description? Stone Cold Steve Austin? Hulk Hogan? Andre the Giant? Liam Neeson? Kobe Bryant? Chyna? Larry Bird?

  • July 18, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Casting Cruise calls for fundamental change to the character

    by seandead

    The little one's production company optioned One Shot for 20 million dollars a while ago. Lee Child saying that Reacher's size is a metaphor for being unstoppable is just wrong. In fact in a lot of the books Reacher's size is crucial as the action in the books is only possible because of his size. Also Reacher's size is a difficulty for him in some situations. The character will need to change to suit Cruise. It's like Danny Devito playing Bond. It could work (on Mars) but you would need the character to change. So One Shot, instead of launching a new Bond/John McClane type action hero franchise, we will get just a good thriller with a good plot but not a Reacher thriller. Also Cruise is too well known, you need an actor that can become a character for the franchise.

  • July 18, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Surround Cruise with small actors, kids and midgets!

    by impossibledreamers

    NOW, he'll look HUGE!

  • July 18, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    "The Avengers" teaser trailer!!

    by PopCultureJunkie

  • July 18, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    You ignorant hater-haters

    by Anino

    To all of you that say "f*ck you haters who have read the books" let me say this. Shut the F*ck up. OK. Now that I got that out of the way, here goes. I know analogies have been done to death (Carrot Top as Han Solo, PeeWee Herman as Andre the Giant). But for those that haven't read the books, and say Cruise is a versatile actor--here's a BETTER analogy that you can relate to. Meryl Streep is a FINE actress, and can play any role, even if she doesn't look the part. So imagine they finally make a movie about YOUR DAD, the strong, inspirational figure you idolized growing up. And they decide to cast Meryl Streep, who should do a fine job. She looks NOTHING like your dad, but they'll have to tweak the story to say your dad was actually a transvestite, but was NONETHELESS inspirational and strong. Or say you're white. They finally make a movie about your mom. Denzel Washington is a GREAT actor... you get the idea. Now go back to shutting the hell up.

  • July 18, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Idiotic Casting

    by tacoplenty

  • July 18, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Charlize Theron for Reacher. Shes a big fucker.

    by Knobules

  • July 18, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Or Janet Reno

    by Knobules

  • July 18, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Teaser link already shut down.

    by impossibledreamers

  • July 18, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    allykatd has it right, this is vanity pure and simple...

    by Somerichs

    God (or Xenu) love him, but Cruise has a serious case of the little man's disease, and a lot of his film choices show it. He picks roles that reflect how he sees himself, or would like to be in real life. From the repeated tough as nails action guys (seems to be the majority of what he's done of late) to the charming rogue to the massively popular rock star, he's picking roles that let him live out his fantasies, all of which seem to center around these larger than life characters. Good for him that he has the clout to be able to do that, but bad at times like this for the movie-going public to have to watch him be so horribly miscast.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I dare you...

    by Eric Strauss

    Ok, I'm calling people out here. I dare all the fans out there who literally loathe the idea of Cruise playing Reacher to simply boycott this film. Do not see it at the theater, do not download it on itunes or stream it on netflix or buy the DVD/Blueray. Do not see it. Ever. You the audience member has a lot of power. You simply don't exercise it. You want Hollywood to listen to you? Don't see bad Hollywood films. Don't reward poor casting choices or poor directing choices. But most of you guys will never do this. So Hollywood continues to do what it wants. Wolverine Origins was a god-awful film, but it made a lot of money off the very same fanboys who hated it - because everyone just couldn't stay away. Everyone on this site complains about a lack of original story ideas in Hollywood, but why should Hollywood risk new ideas when they can keep spitting out comic book stories with built in audiences who are guaranteed to buy tickets - no matter what? So many of you are outraged at the new Spiderman reboot but I am absolutely certain everyone of you will go check that out as well. The cycle begins and ends with us. The audience.

  • July 18, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    we have two audiences here that probably don't overlap that much

    by brotherbradshaw

    I love the Reacher books. Mark down the date when the next one will be out on my calendar. I think those of us that do need to accept that these days there are not nearly as many people who will put down money to buy as book as there are people who will pay for a ticket to a big hollywood extravaganza. It doesn't make the book buyers totally irrelevant, but I just dont' think that there are enough of them to make a difference. If I had a vote I would choose some unknown, or near unkonwn actor to play Reacher. If you believe in the story maybe you don't need an established star with big preconceptions. And I don't think it needs to be the big production that someone like Tom Cruise would bring. Like many of you have said, he mostly beats up his adversaries (horribly) with his fists, although he's not totally adverse to using guns if he needs to. At several points in the series it's noted that he's pretty much proficient at anything you can point and shoot. Anyway, the guys a freaking force of nature.

  • And I don't plan on it ever again, especially for a character I've never even heard of.

  • July 18, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    @ redbomber

    by allykatD

    Although it won't do any good, I plan on boycotting the film. I was looking foward to the day I heard that one of the Reacher books was greenlit for a movie. The way the stories are written requires little or no adaption to make it to the big screen. Nice linear stories, not a ton of FX needed, some explosions but pretty minimal. I didn't even consider the casting of Reacher would be a complete clusterfuck. Every so often I visit Lee Child's website and the fans there are really pissed off about this, too. The writer in these deals usually gets screwed over, and Childs has no choice in the matter of casting, so he figures he can either say something positive or come off like a whiny little bitch. For us book fans, it's probably better NOT to watch the movie and ruin future books with an image of Cruise stuck in our heads. What's next? Haley Joel Osment as Mitch Rapp? Fuck, even Ashton Kutcher would have been a better Reacher than Cruise.

  • July 18, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    @ red bomber

    by Cheif Brody

    Completely in agreement with you...but boycotting just won't work. Us fans of the books will not be able to pass this train wreck up w/o pulling over to rubberneck. We've been patiently waiting for Paramount to shit or get off the pot with a Reacher movie for so long...just simple curiosity will win over. <p> But I'll make ya a ticket price for "One Shot" will be One my local Red Box. Def won't be there opening weekend. <p> That work for ya?

  • July 18, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Challenge accepted

    by Anino

    Boycotting won't put a dent in the money this may or may not make, and it won't put a dent in Tom Cruise's ego. I'm not paying money at the box office, I'm not redboxing it or netflixing it. I'm just hoping this gets picked up by Showtime, FX or HBO, because it could do well as a 'Justified' type series. This needs a re-boot even before it starts. Give it to FX. Give it to Ray Stevenson or Chris Hemsworth. Or Kenny Johnson (Lem from The Shield). Cruise just ain't Reacher, just the way a seven year old trick or treating as Batman is NOT Batman.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Reading the first Reacher novel right now...

    by Hipshot

    Looking for plot turns that demand a near-giant. Good book, but so far, his size is less important than his attitude.

  • July 18, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by Anino

    You've barely read anything, sit tight, young jedi. Size matters. Do you REALLY see Tom Cruise killing a man with one punch? Do you see him taking on a 7-footer and dropping him on his head? Reacher's massive size HAS to match his foes in the books--because the people victimized by them ALWAYS feel helpless against them. Also--his size is deceptive. His enemies don't assume he can think like a detective. It's great irony. And I'm a proud whiner, and I'll whine some more (this warrants it). Cruise is wrong for Reacher, and this is such a shame. Readers have waited years for this to make it to the big screen. We're tired of wussy, willowy pretty boys. Reacher's not pretty. If you want a Collateral type movie with Cruise in Collateral again.

  • July 18, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Collateral is a bad example...Yes, Cruise played a bad ass in that...

    by Cheif Brody

    But he was a hitman...a bad guy. He used GUNS as his weapon of choice. Reacher uses his size and excellent strategic/tactical fighting skills to maim his opponents. <p> He's NOT a martial artist either...more of a barroom brawler, who just happens to know every weak point in the human body. If a villain is larger than himself...he studies any weaknesses in their fighting style and capitalizes on it. If there are no apparent weaknesses...he's not above a groin kick kill shot. He fights dirty...leaving anyone who dares face him in a world of pain or sometimes flat out dead. <p> When he DOES have a's used just as tactically. He's a decorated marksman (one of the key plot points of "One Shot")...and handy with any small weapons...but he carries no weapons on him...ever. He TAKES weapons from the bad guys he pummels...along with any $$$ in their wallets. <p> However...Cruise's LOOK in Collateral, the graying hair, cut short...5 o'clock shadow? Perfect for Reacher. But that's about it.

  • July 18, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Damn! They couldn't at least get...

    by dasaroo

    ... Angela Lansbury? 'cuz she could kick Tom's ass.

  • July 18, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Most hilarious miscasting since

    by dasaroo

    somebody hired ol' Squinty, Joe Mantegna, to play Robert B. Parker's burly hunky lunky Boston PI, Spenser on tv. Or, as the original Hawk, Avery Brooks, used to say, "Spen-SAH!!!!!"

  • Dec. 27, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    matthew fox

    by smutpeddlar

    matthew fox is 6'3, tom should produce,i am a fan of the books,just finished,running blind,jack reachers height and weight influence how others react..or don't react to things he does and says,based upon his mass,he decided that he could take a gunshot from a .38 ,then at the end of the book,did just that to save his girlfriend.the thickness of his pectoral saved his life.i believe a good actor can play many things,but if your 5'7 you can't act 6'5

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    hugh jackman

    by smutpeddlar

    hugh jackman 6'2.5