'Jack Reacher': Tom Cruise dropped from reboot because he is 'too short'
Lee Child describes Reacher as a massive specimen of a human being and Tom Cruise's casting for the 2012 film was met with a lot of criticism
The 2012 film 'Jack Reacher' had invited controversy after casting Tom Cruise as the protagonist. Not because Cruise is any less of an actor but just because he is comparatively smaller in size as opposed to the protagonist in Lee Child’s popular book series.
Lee typically describes Reacher as a massive specimen of a human being and, because Cruise is only 5’7″, fans went on to question the choice. However, now that the film is being rebooted as a streaming TV series, it has been revealed that his "size" really is an issue.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Lee admitted that they are looking for someone much bigger in size for the role. “I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun,” Lee said
"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,” Lee added.
It is not necessary to highlight how big a star Tom Cruise is with major box office hits such as 'The Mummy' and the summarily canceled 'Dark Universe' bagging millions of dollars, if not billions. So it is likely that he would never do TV show, however, it was Lee’s decision to abandon him for the films and reboot the series altogether. “There won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise,” said the author. “We’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that.”
How Big Are Jack Reacher’s Hands?: An Investigation pic.twitter.com/dYasLj7Bey— Erik Tanouye (@toyns) July 28, 2018
The hunt for the replacement is on and no one has been confirmed for the titular role as of yet. So, who do you think should be Reacher? He better have big hands and he better not be Tom Cruise.