Citing 'Physicality,' Author Says Cruise Out as Jack Reacher

Lee Child says his character will now head to 'Netflix or something like that'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2018 7:30 AM CST
Tom Cruise Getting Replaced as Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise appears in a scene from, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back."   (Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions via AP)

There's a Jack Reacher TV show in the works, but don't expect Tom Cruise in the lead role. At 5'7", he's too short, according to author Lee Child, whose books describe Reacher as 6'5" with hands as big as dinner plates. "I really enjoyed working with Cruise [on two Reacher films]" but he "didn't have that physicality," Child tells the BBC, adding that plenty of fans had complained about the casting. "The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous." Out this month with his 23rd book in the series, per the Atlantic, Child says "there won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise." Instead, "a completely new actor" will be cast for the show, which will be suitable for "Netflix or something like that." (Critics will be hoping for less of this.)

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