I absolutely love the Lee Child-Jack Reacher series. Being an avid book reader, usually series bore me after a while but this series has kept me hooked due to the character Jack Reacher. When I first heard the series was moving to the big screen, I was excited. But when I heard it was Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, I was very hesitant.
First of all, I am not the biggest Tom Cruise fan so to portray my fave character in the role, I was a bit dismayed at that. And second of all, I know the size of Jack Reacher in the books and by no means is Tom Cruise anywhere near that. Reacher is 6 foot 5 in the books while Tom stands at 5 foot 7.
That being said, I did end up seeing the movies and now owning them and I actually thought Tom Cruise did a good job in the role and that takes a lot for me to say. However rumor has it the Reacher movie franchise is being turned into a new streaming show and Jack Reacher creator Lee Child says Tom Cruise will not be a part of the series because of his size.
“I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality. So what I’ve decided to do is this, there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor. 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. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”
I’ve always pictured the character as Liam Neeson or even Joe Manganiello. Nida says the Hemsworth brothers…..who would you say?