Tom Cruise Replaced As Jack Reacher For Being Too Short, Author Says

15 November, 2018, 22:55 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Lee Child and Tom Cruise at a fan screening of Never Go Back in Harahan Louisiana in October 2016

"Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality", author Child told BBC Radio in a recent interview. Fans of the Lee Child books that the films are based on were always a little uneasy with the casting of Cruise.

The author said he "really enjoyed" working with the "Top Gun" actor but wanted to be true to the character. He's a really nice guy. "We had a lot of fun", Child said.

'And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out - participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series.

In the Jack Reacher series, the title character is a U.S. Army veteran who works as a detective for hire. "And Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality", he continued. It's a bit of a bummer that won't come to fruition-McQuarrie felt perfectly suited to that kind of material-but we got one McQuarrie/Cruise Jack Reacher movie, so that's something to be thankful for.

Already fans have started tossing out names of potential new Reacher actors, with names like Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) leading the pack at this early stage.


Cruise played Reacher twice, first in 2012's "Jack Reacher" and its sequel, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" in 2016.

Child confirmed there won't be any more movies with Cruise, adding they're hoping to take a TV series "to Netflix or something like that" which will cast "the ideal guy".

Readers had complained about the Hollywood actor's suitability to play the imposing former major in the U.S. military police since his casting was announced in 2011.

But who will become the new Jack Reacher?

The actor is headlining two popular action franchises right now. He's a big-time movie star and film producer who, aside from The Mummy and the summarily canceled "Dark Universe", regularly makes millions (if not billions) at the box office.

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