Much fuss has been made over the casting of Tom Cruise as the title character in Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher. Fans of author Lee Child's novels (Jack Reacher is an adaptation of One Shot, the 9th installment in the Jack Reacher series) are quick to point out that Cruise lacks the character's described physique: 6'5" and 250 pounds worth of scarred muscle, with chilling blue eyes and dirty blonde hair. Speaking on the casting process, however, Child understood that compromises would inevitably be made:
"When you transfer a book to the screen, something’s going to give. It seems to me there are three essential things about Reacher. First, he’s smart. Second, he’s still and quiet yet menacing. Third, he’s huge. It was always likely we were going to lose one of those characteristics. The question was which. For a long time we were fixated on his physique. We had to have a big guy. But we got nowhere. There were no actors big enough who could do even one of the other things. Then it came as an epiphany. Give up the physique and concentrate on Reacher’s smartness and quietness."
So does Cruise work as Reacher without the "huge" factor? I'm not so sure. As evidenced by this new trailer, the character now lacks an implied, rugged toughness. He feels far more everyman, the film a bit bland as a result. Jack Reacher opens December 21st and also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, and Werner Herzog. Synopsis and trailer after the jump.