Tom Cruise’s Absence From ‘Jack Reacher’ Reboot Could Mean Casting More Faithfully To The Books

The first Jack Reacher film, starring Tom Cruise in the title role, made a lot of money at the box office. The second one, while not a flop, didn’t perform to Paramount Pictures’ expectations. Fans of the Lee Child books on which the films are based were always uneasy with the casting of Cruise because, in the books, Reacher is described as an incredibly large man. Tom Cruise is 5’7″.

Yesterday, it was announced that, rather than continuing with the film franchise, they would reboot it for a streaming television network. In addition to this announcement, it was confirmed that Cruise would not reprise his role on the new TV show.

Lee Child had this to say in an interview about it with BBC Radio:

“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.”

Fans of Cruise and defenders of shorter men everywhere quickly clapped back.

Though some had ideas for Cruise’s replacement.

And fans identified another obstacle to Cruise continuing in the role.

Our guess is that Cruise, who is one of the most reliable box office stars today, will do just fine without continuing in this franchise.

H/T: Twitter, Uproxx