It’s tough for me to get excited about One Shot when everyone I talk to says the Jack Reacher character in Lee Child’s novels is about as far from Tom Cruise as you can get. But Cruise is playing Reacher and we have to cross our fingers that Christopher McQuarrie will still make an entertaining film out of it. At least the cast has gotten a big boost by adding the talented Richard Jenkins to its ranks.
The story has Reacher, a former military investigator, called out of retirement to look into the case of a sniper accused of murdering five people before being captured. Rosamund Pike has been cast as Reacher’s love-interest while David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will play “a veteran homicide detective investigating the mall sniping.” According to Variety, “Jenkins would play the district attorney who prosecutes the sniper.” Jenkins will next be seen alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.
Here’s the synopsis for Lee Child’s One Shot:
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]