Tom Cruise was too short to play Jack Reacher: Lee Child

Angelo Anderson
November 15, 2018

The movies are based on a series of novels written by Lee Child. I can't say the same about the sequel, which felt like the kind of story you tackle three or four films into a franchise instead of directly after the inaugural installment, but Cruise's casting was sound.

The first Jack Reacher flick released back in 2012, and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie who went onto collaborate with Tom Cruise later on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and 2018 successor Fallout.

Lee Child is now saying the Tom Cruise movie franchise is over. We hear that the potential series would be co-produced by Skydance Television and Paramount Television, with Skydance taking lead. "He's also over six feet tall, while Tom Cruise is a slighter 5'7".

But in the books, Reacher is described as large and physically imposing, and Child notes that Cruise, "for all his talent, didn't have that physicality".

Now Child has said the search is on for a new actor to play his hero on the small screen, and he has conceded that Cruise didn't have "that physicality" for the part.


I know because Larry Vick, a man who thinks the critically panned The Mummy was a fearless new venture for Cruise since he played "a real bad dude", also claimed that Cruise wasn't a believable choice for the Reacher role. He's a really, really nice guy. We personally suggest Alexander Skarsgard, who stands at a looming 6'4 and much closer resembles the blond description in Child's books.

Fans, however, were right that the actor was too small for the role, he said. The size of Reacher is, important and it's a big component of who he is.

"The idea", he continued, "is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little bit nervous just for that first minute".

After two rounds playing the ex-military cop Jack Reacher on the big screen, Tom Cruise is officially out of the franchise. "We're going to take it to Netflix or something like that". So the character's creator says a new deal is in place to adapt the property as a television series with a fresh face.

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