Jack Reacher, a well known action hero, is soon going to get a reboot. Coming on the small screen, the show will have a new lead. This news came after the creator Lee Child admitted that Tom Cruise has proven is “too short” to continue to play the role. In the original books, which are written by Lee Child, Reacher has been described as a 6 feet 5 inches male, with his hands being described as the size of dinner plates, whereas Cruise is just 5’7”.
Child revealed on BBC Radio, "Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality."
Fans of the books had already complained about the fact that the Mission Impossible star did now have the physique to pull off the imposing former major in the US military police, even back when the actor was cast on 2011. With the movies out of the way Child revealed that the deal for the new streaming show based on the popular character was signed last week. Child went to praise Cruise for his undeniable talent, but defended the readers saying, “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.
All of these reasons led Child to make the decision to discontinue Cruise’s reign as the military man. "Instead we're going to take it to Netflix or long form streaming television, with a completely new actor," he told BBC. The creator also asked his readers for help while choosing the right actor for the series, saying, "We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the perfect guy."
The first film of the series was directed by Christopher McQuarrie and was released back in 2012. It was met with mostly positive reviews, earning $218 million at the global box offices. However, the last film in the series, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back grossed only $162 million.
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