It looks like Tom Cruise may have finally found the role he was born to play (other than Ethan Hunt or Stacee Jaxx): A 6’5″, 250 lb ex-military-policeman-turned-drifter. The character’s name is “Jack Reacher,” the protagonist of author Lee Child’s bestselling book series. While that may seem like outside of Tom Cruise’s wheelhouse, the enthusiastic author had this to say about Cruise’s casting: “Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for at unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.” The movie will be titled One Shot, which should make things interesting if this thing is successful enough for a sequel (One Shot 2 seems odd).
One Shot will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, perhaps best known as the screenwriter behind The Usual Suspects, and the director and writer behind The Way of the Gun. Here’s a plot synopsis:
“In One Shot, Reacher investigates a case in which a lone sniper murders five victims before being captured. Reacher discovers it’s more than a simple open-and-shut case.”