Watch Tom Cruise throwing punches in the new ‘Jack Reacher’ trailer

Cruise reprises as a former military police officer turned vigilante drifting across America

Paramount has released the first full-length trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Cruise reprises his role from 2012’s Jack Reacher as a former military police officer turned vigilante who wanders across America as a drifter. The films are based on a series of novels by British author Lee Child.

Cruises’s casting initially drew criticism from some fans of the novels, who felt that Cruise lacked the stature and tough guy image to play Reacher. The character written by Child is said to stand at 6ft 5in tall and have a 50-inch chest.

However, the first film grossed over $218 million (£147 million) at cinemas globally and the sequel was officially announced last year (2015). Cruise is joined in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back by The Avengers‘ Cobie Smulders and Prison Break‘s Robert Knepper.

The sequel’s official plot synopsis teases: “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back follows the title character as he returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she’s missing, he’s being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth – and maybe even a family.”

Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai directs and co-wrote the film’s script based on Child’s novel Never Go Back. The sequel is scheduled for release on October 21 this year.