Tom Cruise too small to play Jack Reacher again, says author

Jack Reacher’ Author Admits Tom Cruise Is Just Too Short For The Character

Reacher is now one of literature's most popular protagonists. Author Lee Child's popular series of books were adapted into a movie in 2012 by Mission: Impossible - Fallout filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, who marked his triumphant return to directing 12 years after the Oscar-winning Usual Suspect screenwriter's directorial debut The Way of the Gun.

Lee doubled-down on the fact his character is meant to reduce grown adults to quivering messes just by existing near them; Cruise definitely brought the smackdown in the films, but was never the absolute unit described on the page.

For all the criticism surrounding the adaptations, both movies were reasonably successful and made a combined box office of well over $380 million, but suffered lukewarm reviews and likely led to all of this.

Though some identified another issue with Cruise continuing with the role.

Of course, this is Tom Cruise we're talking about. "And Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality". The veteran actor is allegedly 5'7, which is two inches shorter than the average height of an American male.

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Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher franchise is getting a major makeover, by recasting the titular role of Mr. Reacher.

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. Bout 10yrs ago I went after the role, but Cruise got it. 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.

He also said he'd be open to hearing fan suggestions about who should helm the character in the future. "The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous just for that first minute", Child said.

The saying "small is beautiful" might have some truth to it - but not if you want to play tall, hard-bitten, ex-army men with hands like dinner plates, as Tom Cruise has found to his cost. "Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor", he says.

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