The Wikipedia page for Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher character informs readers that Reacher, former Army Military Police Major, lone wolf, and total badass “is a giant, standing at 6′ 5″ tall with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds. He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He has very little body fat, and his muscular physique is completely natural…He is exceptionally strong but is not a good runner. Reacher is strong enough to break a man’s neck with one hand and kill a villain with a single punch to the head or chest. In a fight against a 7 foot, 400 lb steroid-using thug, Reacher was able to lift his opponent into the air and drop him on his head.”
Of course, Reacher is being played by Tom Cruise in the upcoming adaptation of the Child book “One Shot,” now just titled Reacher. Cruise, at the very least, has blue eyes. While it’s easy enough to mock the choice of Cruise for this highly psychical role (easy enough that this very article has done it at least twice already), buzz about the film has been strong, and screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie remains confident that Cruise is the right man for the job. So, of course, here comes the world’s first look at Cruise as Reacher, and he’s…standing in front of a car? Cool.
In a first look piece about the film in EW, the outlet notes that even Cruise himself has admitted, “I’m obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher…But Lee felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s–t out of people onscreen.” And perhaps that will work out for him – considering the gusto he applied to his action work in last year’s totally awesome Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, while the specific Reacher look is, ahem, out of Cruise’s reach, the attitude and skills that come with it might not be.
Reacher opens on December 21st.