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Tom Cruise: Jack Reacher in 'One Shot'!

Tom Cruise: Jack Reacher in 'One Shot'!

Tom Cruise is set to star as Jack Reacher in the upcoming film One Shot, adapted from the Lee Child novel by the same name from 2005!

The 47-year-old actor will play a retired military police member who travels to Indiana to investigate the murder of five people killed by a sniper.

“Retired from an elite investigative unit of the military police, Jack Reacher drifts around the country carrying only his passport, his military pension and the clothes on his back. Although Reacher doesn’t go looking for trouble, trouble often finds him and when it does, the ex-MP jumps right in, using his brain as much as his brawn,” Tom‘s official site explained.

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  • tami

    Sorry, but Tom is so not Jack Reacher. This is a horrible casting decision.

  • lanal

    he is still hot!

  • http://ja slig o lambert^_______^ cute

    i dont like

  • tami

    Plus, Jack Reacher is suppose to be 6’5″ tall. Tom is like 5’6″. lol

  • kizbit

    Why does he think he’s still relevant??

  • Susie#1

    Jack Reacher doesn’t have hair plugs or wear lifts in his shoes! He also has a moral compass, something of which Tom Cruise knows nothing. What a poor choice of casting.

  • to JJ

    He’s 49 years old, he was born July 1962.

  • ellie’

    Always looking great Tom..Such a great actor..looking forward to seeing movie…

  • someguy

    Tom is amazingly lame and adorably stupid!!

  • Jkilde

    Worst. Casting. Ever.

    Tom Cruise is no Jack Reacher. How the hell are they going to pull off him being 6’5 when he’s MAYBE 5’7 on a good day? Whoever did the casting seems to be going more for star power than making a decent adaptation of the book.

  • BH

    Huge mistake! I’ve read all of the Jack Reacher novels and cannot see this pretty boy playing Jack. I won’t go see the movies because of the casting. Too bad. Why they didn’t go for Ray Stevenson, Eric Bana or Gerard Butler???

  • Anon

    This is going to be bad. I love the Reacher books and there’s no way in hell I could EVER believe Tom Cruise as Reacher. He’s no where near Reacher’s physical description. Dolph Lundgren would be a way better choice. Even an unknown actor would be better – at least then the story stands on it’s own. I was so looking forward to this; now – I don’t even want to go see it.

    How would Reacher react to this news? He’d kick Tom’s ass!

  • Anon

    No, no, no!!! This is so wrong. This is going to be really bad. I LOVE the Reacher books and there is no way in HELL that I would ever believe Tom Cruise as Reacher. He’s no where near Reacher’s physical description or appeal. I was so looking forward to this and now I don’t even want to go. Dolph Lundgren would be better. Hell, even an unknown actor would be better – the story can stand on it’s own.

    How would Reacher react to this? He’d kick Tom’s ass!

  • Amory

    I definitely will not see this movie, and I am a HUGE Lee Child fan. This is horribly disappointing. It should have been a no-name or someone who better meets the look of the character. Being a big guy is a huge part of the character. So is being someone who is quiet yet lethal. Tom Cruise can’t play quiet. He overacts in everything he is in. He’s a cartoon-character. Horrible, horrible casting. WILL NOT SEE!!

  • CJLOVE23

    GTFO! Horrible casting! Tom is an embarrassment

  • Frozoid

    He’s 49, not 47. How much did he pay Jared to reduce his age?

  • annie

    didn’t you people see Collateral, he was fantastic. i imagine for this role you need somebody with intensity- something he’s loaded with.
    he’s lost nothing, saw the trailer for MI4, he’s still got it, loads of it, and still very good looking, regardless of some of the things you guys say.

  • deke

    I have read every one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels and I can’t think of anyone worse to play him!!!

  • toria


    Annie, you obviously haven’t read the Jack Reacher books. No Reacher isn’t intense. He is laid back. Until he gets mad. He is also 6’5″ with dirty blonde hair, huge chest and abs. This is a horrible casting choice. Just horrible. About as bad as the casting of him as the Vampire Lestat in Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. Although Rice came around to liking him in the role, most of us who loved the series did not. This is just a horrible miscasting. Brad Pitt would be so much better if they were looking for a middle aged A lister. He is at least tall with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. He’d have to bulk up, but there is nothing Tiny Tom can do to change his height, gain some acting skill for a role like this, and convince anyone who has read the series that he is Jack Reacher. He is NO Jack Reacher.

  • Susie#1

    @BH #11 – I totally agree that Ray Stevenson would be a great choice, then Gerard Butler or Eric Bana. Stevenson really has the physical attributes to play Reacher and is a great actor…Reacher has a moral compass which is something Cruise knows nothing about…

  • madmarty

    Worst decision ever. I don’t know who did this, but they never read the books.

  • annie

    @ Toria
    Toria you don’t like anything Tom, or Katie for that matter, so I think you are judging the role in a wrong way. Whatever you might think of Tom or his choices in life, the screen belongs to him. He was so good in Valkyrie , and I just loved The Samurai and his role as Vincent the assassin in Collateral was so good.
    Whether or not Reacher was 6’5, I honestly don’t think when you see Tom on sreen that’s going to make a huge difference. It’s only the media which will make sure to bring it to everybodys attention, over and over, which they have done already, but at the end of the day, I don’t think a lot of people will care about that . I find the characters he plays very believable.
    I also think ,as somebody said , this can turn into a franchaise , like Mission, and he is 49, he’s still playing a variety of interesting roles.
    He’s playing an” aging rocker ” in Rock of Ages, I think he’s cluey enough to know what works for him and what doesn’t.
    I honestly think he’ll be great.

  • Romeo

    He obviously still is whether you want to admit it or not, #5.

    Or maybe it was just a mistake and there’s no convoluted conspiracy behind it, #16?

    That’s odd, #19. Most fans of Rice’s books liked Cruise in the role just fine as well.

  • jagger

    Should be called “One Short”. Cruise is all wrong for the role. Wrong attitude, persona, build…. what a shame.

  • Ann

    Nooooooooooo this cannot be!!!!!!
    I love the Jack Reacher character and books and he does not look like him one bit.
    There are tons of better choices.

    They are killing Jack with this choice are they nuts.

  • notkidding

    Lousy casting. Wouldn’t see it.

  • Kelly

    This is a HORRIBLE casting desicion! How are on earth are they going to pull this off? I am an avid Reacher follower and this makes no sense. Tom Cruise is a small man and Jack Reacher is supposed to be tall, big and imposing. This just stinks! I can not imagine this is what Lee Child had in mind when he was writing these books.

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  • @annie and @romeo

    Obviously neither of you have read the Jack Reacher series. Your serious reading is confined to JJ. If you had, you would know Cruise is all wrong for this role. On many levels. Just look at the comments on this blog, book blogs, other entertainment blogs. The opinion TC is miscast is universal.

  • Sal

    I sincerely doubt the casting director has read ANY of these books…Tom Cruise is like the worst choice. Even if he was a good actor which I am not saying he is) there is no way he can make up for his physcial shortcomings.

    My choices woulld be Hugh Jackman, John Cena, Gerard Butler or Joe Manganello.

    I will not see this movie now for sure…

    Wonder what the author thinks?

  • toria


    Most of the Lee Child posters on his forum don’t like this choice. I thought Child’s wording of his support for Cruise was “interesting.” He supported having an A list global movie star and said Cruise is among the best. But he didn’t come all out in support either. And many of the fans are distressed that Cruise/McQuarrie’s interpretation will veer off from the spirit of the books.

    Regardless of what anyone wants, when an author (unless you are J.K. Rowling) once they sell the book for movie rights rarely has any say whatsoever in how the books are then portrayed. It can be totally off base and horrendous such as Dean Koontz’s Watchers (what they did to that book was truly awful) to something faithful like the HP series.

    I have seen Cruise in almost everything he has done. He was great in Risky Business and Jerry McGuire because he played himself. I thought he was horrible in Born on the 4th of July and A Few Good Men because he lacked the skill and depth to bring the character’s to their maximum potential (say unlike a Matt Damon or younger DeNiro would have). He seemed miscast in Magnolia and Vanilla Sky. His performance in Lions for Lambs with that stupid accent and lack of depth made an otherwise great movie become a D movie.

    I really don’t think he can carry off Reacher. Lee Child’s has created a character that is laid back, but can really move when it is called for. That is seemingly a simple man, but in reality his very complex with layer upon layer as he is revealed in the books. And that is where Cruise will fail. He will be unable to show the audience the layers. I am not going to watch this movie most likely because I don’t want Jack Reacher ruined for me when I read the other books. And based on many comments on mystery and literary type blogs, others feel the same. If you haven’t read the books–hey, seeing Cruise play another action “hero” may be just what you may like.

  • toria


    Annie (and Romeo) read the books.

    If you become a Jack Reacher fan you will see why Cruise is wrong for this role. It has nothing to do with liking him or not liking him. I don’t like Marlon Brando, but think he is one of the most skilled movie actors of our time (century or so). I don’t care for Natalie Portman, but think she is one heck of an actress. Liking or not liking Cruise has nothing to do with how I feel about him playing Reacher, what is upsetting is that he lacks the talent and skill to play him. And I dislike Katherine Heigl, but think she will and has done a good job of playing Stephanie Plum in One for the Money. She appears to have become Stephanie. Cruise playing Reacher will be Cruise playing Reacher–he won’t become Reacher. He doesn’t have the acting chops to do so.

  • Rainy Day

    @Annie and Romeo

    You know you two, those of us who follow the Reacher series are just as passionate about him as you are about Holmes and Cruise. Both of you consider yourself TomKat super fans, so why knock those of us who are Reacher fans? Child is one of the few authors on my “must buy the day it comes out” list. Been reading him for the last decade. Reacher is one of my very fave mystery heroes. And Cruise is NO Jack Reacher.

  • annie

    Rainy Day : don’t remember knocking anybody, just gave my opinion as to why i think he’ll be good, just like you and Toria gave your opinions as to why he won’t.
    i have not read the books, but I genuinely think he’ll be good. my thinking also has nothing to do with Katie, as some of those movies came out long before katie.
    my gosh it’s such a crime saying anything nice about Tom and Katie.
    hope you both noticed the lovely names i was called in a previous Tom Katie page. i would never say those things to any of you no matter how much i disagreed with you.

  • robert

    terrible casting–the most striking part of the character is that he is 6’5″, and doesn’t take crap. Cruise is like 5’6″ this doesn’t make sense.

    Tom Selleck would be better fit or Clive owens

  • spinblastr

    Tom Cruise is okay, I guess. But he is absolutely the worst choice for Reacher. The. Worst. What a shame.

  • Karla

    All Tom Cruise haters get over yourselves!!! He has proven over and over again that he can act in any role and he does it well. I don’t care what religion he practices; I don’t care how tall he is: I don’t care how old he is: I do know that I go and see everyone of his movies because I am a devoted fan. I may not like all of his movies but being the fan that I am I still enjoy watching him on the big screen. He is very personable to his fans and he tries to please them. I know for a fact since I was one of the extras in the shooting of his concert scene at the Hard Rock this past week, and I got to see him perform his Stacee Jax character on stage and what stage presence he has:0 He is attractive, fit and is carismatic on the stage and yes he had me at hello :)

  • brian

    I think Tom will do a great job …as long as does not fall off his 1 metre high shoes or put a hole in his muscle suit ….what about Hugh Jackman?

  • sandra

    You have got to be kidding. He’s a foot shorter and way to old.

  • SeeJ

    The announcement should have read, ” midget to play giant.” Only in Hollyweird would be seen as a good thing. This will ruin the Reacher character for me so I won’t be seeing the movie. Will anyone?

  • porky pine

    That’s just STUPID! Jack Reacher is 6′ 5″, not 5′ 7″.

  • doradee bashar

    No!!!! What happened to real men???? Forget the pretty boys!!!!!! Yuk!

  • Jamax1263

    This is the WORST casting I’ve ever seen. What…are they going to cast the rest of the world with midgets to make him look taller?

    LAME. And I was SO looking forward to the movie.

  • Ahhh!

    Hugh Jackman, Clive Owen, Kiefer Sutherland= Jack Reacher
    Tom Cruise= Sigh.
    I read the Lee Child books and love them. Tom Cruise does not fit the bill. Reacher is a big tough mo’fo with simple line responses and is not Tom Cruise. I mean, Crispin Glover would of made more sense. Heck, Chris Tucker would make more sense! Lee Child simply cannot be happy with this decision.

  • Ells Bells

    This news is beyond pathetic. I won’t waste my time and money on any Jack Reacher movie that stars Tom Cruise. Sorry, Mr. Child, but I’m sticking to the books for now and keeping my Jack Reacher fantasy man alive in my dreams.

  • Doradee Bashar

    Did they not read the book??? In all of Hollywood could they not find a rugged looking MAN????? Too much!

  • I Hate Tom Cruise

    Why does Tom Cruise keep ruining movies?? Can’t someone stop him?

    This will kill off all future movies with Reacher.

    Reacher is not a pussy. Cruise is.

    I’m done. Sorry Lee Child, your books were good, but your movies are going to suck beyond suckage.

  • remodelgirl1

    Tom Cruise is NO Jack Reacher! What, are you kidding me? I can’t even go see this – it will ruin all of my images of Jack Reacher as I have devotedly read his stories. Mr. Child, had you no say in this? If they shoot Tom from a lower angle we will just see up his big nose!

    Word of mouth will kill this movie before it ever gets to the box office! Forewarned!

    Nor was he a Lestat – tall, blonde, rock star killer good looks?

    Read the books – there is not one similarity between Cruise and Reacher!!! BAD BAD BAD STUPID STUPID STUPID

  • jmesc

    What in the world are they thinking? This is the worst casting decision ever. Seriously???

  • AndyinAD

    Two words – Liam Neeson