When Tom Cruise was chosen to play Jack Reacher, the hero of a series of novels by Lee Childs, there was much complaining at Cruise’s casting, largely because in the books Jack is 6ft 5in, which is considerably taller than Cruise. However, fans should be happier at a planned TV series which Childs himself seems to be heavily involved with, saying in an interview with BBC Radio Manchester:
“I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality. So what I’ve decided to do is – there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor.”
“I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out – participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”
While I did enjoy the two movies and am a little disappointed that we won’t be seeing any more, I have yet to read any of the books so I have no idea who would be a good choice to play the character – but I do like the idea of Childs reaching out to others to help pick somebody.