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Wanted: The Perfect Jack Reacher

November 16, 2018

Action hero Jack Reacher is getting a reboot for the small screen after author Lee Child has admitted that Tom Cruise, who played Reacher in two films, does not quite physically embody the character.

In Child’s books, Reacher is described as 6ft 5in tall with hands and feet the size of dinner plates. ‘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,’ said Child. ‘The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is.’

Readers have been complaining about Cruise’s suitability to play Reacher since his casting was announced in 2011, saying that Tom Cruise is ‘too short,’ and doesn’t quite fit the bill.

The first ever Jack Reacher film debuted in 2012 and grossed $218 million. The follow-up movie, however, grossed significantly less at $162 million and was met with mixed reviews, which perhaps partly explains why the film franchise has been abandoned for the small screen.

This news comes with an exciting invitation to readers who never quite warmed to Cruise’s depiction of Reacher: Child wants to do right by his fans, and is encouraging readers to make some casting suggestions. ‘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,’ said Child. ‘We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.’

Who would make the perfect Jack Reacher? Let us know who you think it should be!


  1. Deb

    Gerard Butler would be the perfect Jack Reacher!

  2. Linda

    Keanu Reeves!

    1. Don

      Josh Duhamel fits the Jack Reacher profile, he would be my pick!

  3. Donna

    Dolph Lundgren!

  4. Dodg

    Liam Neeson, fits perfectly 👍🏻

  5. Sophie Beckwith

    Liev schreiber

    1. brian

      Ben Roberts Smith perfect

  6. Charles Carroll

    Ian Whyte or
    Hafpor Julius Bjornns

  7. Robin Glenn

    I am disillusioned about so many male actors particularly, they all seem incredibly short ( never forgotten Alan Ladd standing on a box to kiss the female leads..and nothing has changed) I was told it is something to do with the cameras inability to shoot tall people. probably poppy see these men you think are tall and they are tiny in reality…so I would not know who to choose…my hubby is 6 ft 1inch and son 6.2, neither would be up to playing Jack Reacher even if they were actors..Line all the Actors up and measure them., EVERYWHERE. I read every Jack Reacher book I can get hold of, and was shocked re Tom Cruise playing him so I hope you find the right actor, I could never watch one more movie with Cruise cast as only saw the one.

  8. Ash

    Alexander Skarsgard!

  9. Janet Ryan

    Jason Stratham

  10. Barbara Cracknell

    Dwayne Johnson….aka The Rock…..he IS 6 ft 5 inches!

  11. WendiNichols

    Timothy Oliphant ( Justified )
    Would be an interesting choice or Gerard Butler

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