Author Lee Child wants help from fans to "participate in choosing the right actor" this time around
Tom Cruise will be replaced by a new actor in the upcoming Jack Reacher TV reboot, with creator Lee Child saying that the star is too short for the role.
The novels are being adapted for the small screen following two movie versions – 2012’s Jack Reacher: One Shot and its 2016 sequel Never Go Back. Cruise portrayed the titular character in both films.
However, Reacher is described as being 6ft 5in in the books – considerably taller than Cruise’s 5ft 7in. With fans having questioned the Mission Impossible actor’s casting as far back as 2011, Child has said that Cruise won’t feature in the new project.
“Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” the author told BBC Radio Manchester.
Clarifying that he “really enjoyed working with Cruise” and that they “had a lot of fun”, Child added that he’s taken readers’ views into consideration for the TV series.
“Ultimately the readers are right,” he said. “The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you’re all a little nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.”
Confirming that “there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise”, Child said that the reboot will air on “Netflix, or something like that”.
“And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out – participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series,” Child added. “We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”
Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this year that Tom Cruise is being lined up to take the lead role in the forthcoming film Green Lantern Corps.