Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help were the two biggest hits of August, and probably the two biggest surprises of the summer. They have one thing in common: David Oyelowo. That visibility will lead to at least one more high-profile gig, as Oyelowo is in final negotiations to star opposite Tom Cruise One Shot. Cruise will play Jack Reacher, the character created by Lee Child for a series of crime novels. In One Shot, the ex-Army cop “gets sucked into the mystery surrounding the arrest of a sniper accused of killing five random people in a shooting.” Rosamund Pike will play Cruise’s love interest. According to Variety, Oyelowo will play “a veteran homicide detective investigating the mall sniping.”
Christopher McQuarrie is on board to direct from his own adapted screenplay this fall in Pittsburgh. McQuarrie has previously written for Cruise before on Valkyrie and the upcoming Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Paramount has scheduled One Shot for release on February 8, 2013. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me.
And sure enough, ex—military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter–a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right–and soon the slam-dunk case explodes.
Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning–and then beat him shot for shot. [Amazon]