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First picture of Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s Jack Reacher

June 28th, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

There’s been a lot of controversy over Tom Cruise’s casting in the role of Jack Reacher in the Lee Child’s One Shot, because in the novels he’s a six and a half foot muscular tank of a man and Crusie, well, isn’t…

Reacher is an ex-military policeman who becomes something of a vigilante over the course of Reacher’s 17 novels. Interestingly, One Shot is the ninth book.
Entertainment Weekly got the pic first and say that in the movie Reacher “finds himself drawn into the case of a sniper who randomly targets civilians”.
In the books Reacher’s only prized possession – he’s a wanderer, you see – is a 1970 Chevelle SS which gets destroyed shortly after this scene in the movie.
The car has been badly damaged in a chase with police as he is wrongfully suspected of murder and uses his car as a decoy to escape the police by free-wheeling it towards a bus, “It’s a risky calculation,” EW writes, “but Reacher thinks he knows where the cops will keep their attention.”
“He is free from any sort of anxiety. He is truly not encumbered by all the bulls–t that makes up our daily lives. He literally and figuratively has no baggage,” director Christopher McQuarrie told EW about the character.
“He is an extremely pragmatic, matter-of-fact person. He’s very solitary, but he can’t walk away from a situation that needs to be made right. His own sense of right and wrong tie into that situation and he can’t leave until it’s been resolved. That’s his Achilles heel.”

Jack Reacher hits cinemas on December 21

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • Minimal Risk

    “In the books Reacher’s only prized possession – he’s a wanderer, you see – is a 1970 Chevelle SS which gets destroyed shortly after this scene in the movie.”

    Excuse me? Get your facts straight, dude. Reacher owns a fold-up toothbrush and the clothes on his back and that’s it–except for a brief time in books 3 and 4 when he owns a house and a (confiscated from a wanker who cheats the families of MIA soldiers) SUV. Your line is purely from the movie and it, along with the photo, are just another reason why this film will bare no similarity to a Jack Reacher movie. They might as well call the character Joe Blow because this movie will blow.

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