Tom Cruise's first run as Jack Reacher was, by all accounts excluding height, quite successful. It only had a $57 million budget, but made over $218 million. Though that's not always an indicator that a movie was actually good, I must say Reacher was pretty decent.
Despite the challenge of playing his most difficult role to date, the 5'7" actor will return once again to the role of Jack Reacher, a 6'5" 260lbs former military police officer. Personally, I think he should have received an Oscar for the role, because he certainly sold it to fans, who ate the movie up despite complaints over the actors stature.
With a money-maker like that, you can bet on a sequel. The follow-up movie will come from last fall's Never Go Back, one of the more recent Reacher novels from author Lee Child:
Reacher heads back to his old military based in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy, and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression, but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.
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