It’s Official: Tom Cruise Will No Longer Play Jack Reacher

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"There won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise", said the author.

Despite some Jack Reacher superfans who were angry that Tom Cruise was too short to play the fictional character who doesn't actually exist, the film was a modest hit for Paramount, grossing $218 million worldwide.

"Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality", Lee Child, author of the bestselling Jack Reacher novels, told BBC Radio Manchester yesterday.

Readers had complained about the Hollywood actor's suitability to play the imposing former major in the U.S. military police since his casting was announced in 2011. "And Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality", said Child. My dad would like Cruise to know that he is still his "boy" that "Cruise is on cruise control", even if he agrees this new direction for Jack Reacher is the right one.

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Reacher is now one of literature's most popular protagonists. "But ultimately the readers are right".

"I really enjoyed working with Cruise", Child clarified.

While many book-to-screen adaptations have featured some creative casting choices, the height thing is really important to Reacher fans.

"The idea", he continued, "is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little bit nervous just for that first minute". Instead we're going to take it to Netflix or something like that.

He added: "We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the ideal guy".

But who will become the new Jack Reacher? Cruise got mostly positive reviews and it made $218m (£167m) at box offices around the world.

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