The first trailer for upcoming action film Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, has recently been released.
It hasn’t been the best week for Tom Cruise, has it? Despite the fact yesterday was the actor’s 50th birthday, it seems he had little to celebrate, since it was announced that his wife, actress Katie Holmes, is filing for divorce and seeking sole custody of their daughter.
To make matters worse, fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher character have also slated the casting of Cruise to play the title character in the upcoming film based on the books, despite the fact that only the teaser trailer has been released.
Jack Reacher is based on a novel titled One Shot (which was also formerly the title for the film) – a book from Child’s series of novels about the character of Reacher himself. The plot follows a police investigation which takes place after five people are shot dead, but the culprit claims to be innocent, telling officers to simply, “Get Jack Reacher.” Reacher, played by Cruise, then shows up to investigate but he soon realises that the case is far less straightforward than it initially appeared.
However, it appears that it is not Cruise’s detective skills that have got fans all riled up but, rather unusually, his physical appearance. By all accounts, the character of Reacher is something of “a giant”, standing at 6′ 5″ tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds. Within the Jack Reacher series, he has been known to break a man’s neck with one hand, as well as kill his opponents with a single punch. Cruise, meanwhile, is just 5′ 7″ tall, and made his name flying planes (rather than inflicting pain) in ’80’s classic, Top Gun.
Still, it’s something of a relief to see that Cruise has ditched the long hair and leather trousers that we recently saw him sporting for the role of rock star Stacee Jaxx in musical venture, Rock of Ages – a role that we’re not sure he was entirely qualified for either. Indeed, Cruise does have far more experience playing the action hero, having appeared in everything from Mission: Impossible, to Minority Report and Collateral.
Jack Reacher is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who has been involved as a producer and writer on previous Cruise vehicles including Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Valkyrie. If all else fails, it is worth remembering that Jack Reacher is also set to star the lovely Rosamund Pike (An Education), veteran actor Robert Duvall (The Godfather), as well as acclaimed filmmaker and actor, Werner Herzog.
Meanwhile, as we wave farewell to TomKat, Forbes magazine has published its annual list rich list, with Cruise once again ranking as the highest paid actor in the world – beating the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Will Smith (who also featured in the top ten) by miles. We bet that’s just what he needs before heading off to the divorce courts….
Jacker Reacher is expected to reach UK cinemas on the 28th December this year – let us know what you think of the teaser trailer below: