Hayley Atwell, Rosamund Pike, and Alexa Davalos Test to Star Opposite Tom Cruise in ONE SHOT

     August 14, 2011

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Rising star Brit Marling eyed the female lead in One Shot earlier this month, but chose to star The Company You Keep instead.  That leaves a vacancy in a high profile action-thriller for another rising star to star opposite Tom Cruise.  THR reports Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rosamund Pike (Barney’s Version), and Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans) are reading for the part with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie.  Pike and Atwell aren’t new to these kinds of lists.  And Pike will replace Davalos as Andromeda in the Clash of the Titans sequel, further implying homogeneity among young starlets.  Not to detract from the talent of these ladies.  I have not seen Davalos in anything, but I thought Atwell and Pike were great in the little I’ve seen of their work.

One Shot is based on the novel of the same name in Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher series.  Cruise plays “an ex-Army cop who gets sucked into the mystery surrounding the arrest of a sniper accused of killing five random people in a shooting.”  Paramount is planning on a fall shoot in Pittsburgh for a February 8, 2013 release.  Read the book synopsis after the break.

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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]

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