Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ premiere postponed due to Sandy Hook School shooting

Paramount Pictures pull US premier out of respect for victims

The Jack Reacher US film premiere has been postponed due to an horrific shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

The film, which stars Tom Cruise, was due to premiere tonight (December 15) in Pittsburgh, but Paramount Pictures has pulled the event out of respect for the victims of the Sand Hook Elementary School shooting.

A statement, released by Paramount Pictures, read: “Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing the Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones.”

A gunman, widely suspected to be 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday (December 14), killing 27 people including 20 children. The gunman is believed to have killed himself after the massacre.

Jack Reacher stars Cruise as the antihero from a popular series of novels by British author Lee Child. Reacher is a former military police officer turned vigilante who wanders the US as a drifter. The film finds him on the hunt for a sniper who has just killed five people in a major US city.

Alongside Cruise in the title role, Jack Reacher stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog. It opens in cinemas on December 21 in the US and December 28 in the UK.