Robert Duvall Reunites with Tom Cruise for 'One Shot' Adaptation
Last week, we reported that Richard Jenkins would be joining the cast of Christopher McQuarrie's adaptation of One Shot, based on the eponymous 9th novel in Lee Child's series about a small town that witnesses a string of serial sniper murders. Already cast is Tom Cruise as former military policeman-turned drifter Jack Reacher who looks to uncover the conspiracy behind the killings, along with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. As if that assembly of talent wasn't enough to peak interest in the film, Variety is reporting that veteran actor Robert Duvall is in final negotiations to join the already impressive cast. More below!
While Duvall's character was not revealed, sources did say that it will be small yet significant to Cruise's Reacher and his storyline. This will be the first time Cruise and Duvall have worked together since 1990's Days of Thunder, in which Duvall played Harry Hogge, the leader of Cole Trickle's (Cruise) pit crew.
If you haven't kept up with the news on One Shot or you're not familiar with the book series, here's the synopsis from Wikipedia:
In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest a suspect, and build a slam-dunk case with iron-clad evidence. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved; but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.
A lot of fan of Child's Reacher series are a bit up in arms over the casting of Cruise, mainly over the major differences between Cruise's physical attributes and the character's. For example, Reacher is described as a bear of a man at 6'5" and 250 pounds. Cruise, as we know, is a whole foot shorter and around 170 pounds. Definitely not the first time Hollywood has cast a role on brains instead of brawn. But not having not read the books myself, I can't really comment on Cruise in the role yet, but I can say that I believe he is a more than capable actor, devoted to his craft, and seems like he'd fit in well to this story to the point that he makes up for his lack of stature. Guess we'll see if he figuratively fits the bill on February 8th, 2013.