Update: I just jumped on Lee Child’s website and it looks like it’s no rumor.
If you have no idea who Reacher is, please check out this list of Lee Child Books In Order Of Publication.
Now that you’re back, I have heard a disquieting rumor. They are going to make movies of the Lee Child books. That’s not the disquieting part. This is long overdue.
But I heard that Tom Cruise was in talks for the role. This is…disappointing.
The only way around it is to come up with better ideas for who will play Jack Reacher.
- He is tall (about 6’4″)
- He is tough
- He almost always beds a woman by the end of the novel, usually finishing “In a frenzied tangle” or another of Child’s pet phrases for the afterglow
- Ex Military Policeman (or active, depending on where you’re at in the series)
- Vagabond–has no residence, buys clothes every two days, rides lots of buses
- Extremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat. Best description of this yet, “It’s like having a running chainsaw thrown at you”
Now be honest, do any of these things send the diminutive Tom Cruise jumping up and down on the couch in your brain?
So, alternatives. We need big men who can fight believably. My first thought was of Yao Ming, but I heard that he’s from China, and that wouldn’t be faithful to the source material.
Another commenter on the post I linked to suggested Ray Stevenson. I think that’s a good call. He was appropriately tough and crazy in Rome, The Punisher, and Kill The Irishman.
I am also thinking of calling Mr. Child and suggesting my friend Will Williams. He might be overly tattooed and a couple of inches short, but they can work wonders with them computers these days. He’s appropriately muscled and the attitude is about right.
Your turn. Who should play the role? Who should play Jack Reacher?
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