The latest to join One Shot, the adaptation of Lee Child‘s thriller novel about former military cop Jack Reacher and the investigation of a strange set of sniper murders in the midwest, is David Oyelowo. Fresh from The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he’ll play a veteran homicide detective who investigates the sniper deaths.
Tom Cruise plays hero Jack Reacher, and Christopher McQuarrie scripted and will direct. [Variety]
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You know what they say about idle hands: they screw up perfectly good scripts. Let’s hope that’s not the case for The Wolverine, which James Mangold will direct next year. The existing draft was written by Christopher McQuarrie and is said to be quite good. But now, as the film is delayed until a 2012 shoot, Total Recall remake and Jack the Giant Killer writer Mark Bomback has been brought on to rewrite. He also wrote Live Free or Die Hard, so… Read More »
Briefly: Last week we got wind of a small group of actresses who were under consideration to play the lead female role opposite Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of the Lee Child novel One Shot. On the list was Rosamund Pike (An Education, Clash of the Titans 2) who is now in talks to play defense attorney Helen Rodin, who is drawn into the case of a man accused of five sniper shooting deaths in a midwestern downtown plaza.
I like this choice just fine. While the idea of seeing Brit Marling in the role was appealing — something that briefly seemed possible — I think Rosamund Pike is great, and not at all the obvious choice. Helen Rodin isn’t just an eye-candy sort of romantic companion for the Jack Reacher character in the story, and I’m hopeful that McQuarrie’s script has retained the strength of her personality. [Deadline]
Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve known for weeks now that Tom Cruise would be playing Jack Reacher in Christopher McQuarrie‘s One Shot, adapted from Lee Child‘s bestselling crime novel. Now comes news on who might be playing opposite Cruise as the female lead. Over the weekend, at least three actresses reportedly met with McQuarrie and the studio to read for the part: Hayley Atwell, Alexa Davalos, and Rosamund Pike. If you’re wondering what happened to Brit Marling, who was previously rumored for the role, she’s apparently out of the running due to scheduling issues. Read more after the jump.
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Two actresses broke out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a big way: Elizabeth Olsen (thanks to Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House) and Brit Marling, who starred in and co-wrote Another Earth and The Sound of My Voice. Elizabeth Olsen has four films in various stages of completion (Red Lights; Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding; Liberal Arts; and Very Good Girls) while Brit Marling has shot a role in Arbitrage and flirted with Breaking the Girl.
And while the actress is looking to make The East, about “an FBI agent who infiltrates an ecoterrorist group,” which she co-wrote with The Sound of My Voice director Zal Batmanglij, there is a queue of big-time directors reportedly courting Marling for their upcoming projects. Read More »
The good news: a film based on one of the great Jack Reacher books by Lee Child is really going to happen, after years and years of development on various titles in the series that will number 16 novels when The Affair is released this fall. The bad news (perhaps): Jack Reacher, written as a six and a half-foot, sandy-haired slab of a man, will definitely be played by Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie‘s One Shot. Read More »
I know that I have always been very publicly in favor of novel to film adaptations that throw out the notion of extreme fidelity to the source. So I don’t really have a leg to stand on in this argument. But if you’re casting Jack Reacher, a French/American ex-military cop who stands 6’5″ and often breezes into any given burg looking like a giant disheveled blond bum, then Tom Cruise is the opposite of the man you should be looking for. And yet that’s what could happen.
Can’t say I’m surprised, though. Several of Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher novels have been optioned, and all have taken their sweet time to the screen in large part because finding the real Jack Reacher is a difficult task. In the novels, almost all of which fall distinctly above the ‘average’ line for pulp thrillers and many of which are damn good, Reacher is written as slightly unbelievable. So casting dis difficult. (The Rock is often mentioned.) But Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of One Shot, which is set up at Paramount, could be the first to hit the screen, in part because of the writer/director’s relationship with Tom Cruise. Read More »
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The shortlist to direct The Wolverine just got shorter by one name. Mark Romanek, who last directed the underrated Never Let Me Go, was reportedly on a list of directors 20th Century Fox was interested in having helm the X-Men sequel vacated by Darren Aronofsky. (Also on the list, names like Jose Padilla, Justin Lin, James Mangold, etc.) Well, Romanek confirmed to The Digital Spy that he was on the list, but read the script and passed. Read his quote about the situation, and his impression of the script, after the jump. Read More »