Author Lee Child Defends the Casting of Tom Cruise in New Featurette for JACK REACHER

     November 29, 2012

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A new featurette for the Lee Child adaptation Jack Reacher has been released.  The film is based on Child’s novel One Shot, which is one of 16 novels that center on the Jack Reacher character.  In this featurette, the author talks about bringing the wildly popular character to the big screen and defends the decision to cast Tom Cruise as the 6’5”, 250 lbs. title character from the book series.  Despite a grating intro that’s narrated by “Movie Trailer Guy,” the featurette provides a nice look at the film and gives fans the chance to hear Child talk about having his material adapted into a feature film.  Director Christopher McQuarrie was just recently tapped to helm Mission: Impossible 5 based on his work with Cruise on Jack Reacher, so obviously Cruise and Paramount are happy with the film.  Here’s hoping he’s put together a fun thriller that’ll please the book’s legion of fans.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Werner HerzogJack Reacher opens on December 21st.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Jack Reacher:

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

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