First official image of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher revealed

First proper look at Lee Child adaptation have revealed the first official image of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in, erm, Jack Reacher (formerly One Shot).

The actor’s casting was greeted with a barrage of criticism when it was announced last year, with many fans considering Tom Cruise incompatible with the Reacher described in Lee Child’s novels.

Admittedly, it’s hard to picture Cruise as the lone, taciturn tough guy, but if he pulls it off it’d be one hell of a career reinvention, not to mention a franchise in the making. There are 16 Reacher novels to draw on, with the 17th set to be published this year.

Speaking to EW, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie said of Reacher, “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.”

EW also quoted Cruise’s video introduction to the footage screened at April’s CinemaCon, when he said: “For those of you who know the books, I’m obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher. But Lee felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s**t out of people onscreen.”

Jack Reacher opens in UK cinemas on 28 December 2012, and the trailer is expected to land soon.

Are you convinced by Cruise as Reacher yet? Or holding out for that trailer? Let us know!


    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 27th 2012, 15:27

      Looks more like the first official picture of Tom Cruise as .... Tom Cruise, now with different haircut.

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    • FBSCornwell

      Jun 27th 2012, 15:33

      If you've got a problem with the casting, just watch Collateral. Anyway, everyone knows he's a robot that doesn't age. Just program him and it'll be fine.

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    • alexr

      Jun 27th 2012, 15:55

      Cruise will do a good job. Morgan Freeman looks nothing like Alex Cross from the Patterson novels, but he played the role well. I'll give Cruise a chance...

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 27th 2012, 16:01

      Actually I don't know the character or books at all, and to be honest I'd watch Cruise in anything.. crazy sonofab***h

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    • anant

      Jun 27th 2012, 16:54

      surprised to see all the +ve comments! i am a big tom cruise fan! so count me in!

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    • MrScary

      Jun 27th 2012, 17:29

      Jack Reacher??? Really??? Horrible character name. Sounds like a gay porn star; not that there's anything wrong with that. Just saying...

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    • chocolateleaky1

      Jun 27th 2012, 18:24

      Tom Cruise....really!!! Jack Reacher supposed to be 6 foot something and built, Tom Cruise would not be my first choice o fill Jack's shoes!!

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 27th 2012, 19:32

      Tom we want you to gaze into the distance and picture yourself coming out of the closet.

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    • MillerCrosses

      Jun 27th 2012, 20:24

      Remember everybody keep complaining about Cruise as Reacher, that will change everything.

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    • merrymiller5

      Jun 28th 2012, 0:38

      @MrScary shouldn't that be jack reacharound?

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 28th 2012, 9:02

      Who would been a better choice? Liam Neeson? David Morse?

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    • gquinn81

      Jun 28th 2012, 10:06

      David Morse would have been great actually. I like Tom Cruise but this does seem like strange casting. I'm a huge fan of the novels and Reacher constantly uses his his size and strength as a weapon to intimidate the various enemies he comes across. He's 6 foot 5 and built like a brick s**thouse. Cruise, although a good action star, does not really come across as intimidating it has to be said. I'll give it a chance though, will be interesting to see if he pulls it off.

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Jun 28th 2012, 12:48

      Name: Jack Reacher (no middle name) Born: October 29th Measurements: 6'5", 220-250 lbs., 50" chest Hair: Dirty-blond Eyes: Ice blue Clothing: 3XLT coat, 95 cm. pants' inseam But, as a "Reacher Creature" I am still excited about the film.

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    • writerdave87

      Jun 28th 2012, 12:51

      To be fair to Cruise at least he's admitted the strangeness of the casting choice. I would have gone with David Morse or Little John from Ridley Scott's Robin Hood personally.

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    • gquinn81

      Jun 28th 2012, 16:21

      Yeah, David Morse would have been excellent, but I guess he doesn't have Cruise's star power. There's always going to be more bums on seats with him in the lead

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    • golfteach

      Jun 29th 2012, 11:39

      If you haven't read the Reacher novels, you are missing some excellent liesure time. Cruise can probably pull it off but I'm sure the debut in the UK is a "protect the numbers" move just in case the movie doesn't do well there, and befor the series gets rolling on the screen the legal eagles would have written the contract to replace the Reacher choice early. Mark Valley a good choice as an alternative too.

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    • Murphy0806

      Jun 29th 2012, 16:52

      The first time I saw the trailer for The Bourne Identity I nearly wet myself laughing, Matt Damon doing action? Ba ha ha. How wrong I was, how very wrong. Therefore I shall keep my trap shut about Cruise and miscasting until it comes out. My mum's right miffed though.

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