The cast of Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of Lee Child‘s novel One Shot is looking pretty good. Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, an ex-military cop who is called upon to assist the prime suspect in a series of sniper murders. Rosamund Pike plays a young defense lawyer who is also roped into the case; Richard Jenkins plays the DA trying to prosecute the sniper. David Oyelowo is a cop on the case, and Alexia Fast has a small role as a local girl with a tangential role in the story.

And now Robert Duvall has taken the call to play a small role. That role isn’t revealed, but there are two possibilities that quickly come to mind, and one of those is the villain. Read More »

Robert Zemeckis is getting ready to make Flight, in which Denzel Washington plays a booze- and drug-addled pilot who heroically saves a troubled flight, only to face an investigation into his role in the flight’s troubles. Kelly Reilly plays another addict who comes into his life, and Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood are in talks for roles. Now Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) is in talks to play the flight’s co-pilot, “who finds religion after the crash.” John Gatins scripted. [THR]

After the break, the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot gets one more and Mira Sorvino is in a sordid tale of true crime. Read More »

I have to keep writing the phrase “Tom Cruise thriller One Shot” just to get used to the idea of the actor playing Lee Child‘s giant ex-military cop hero Jack Reacher. I vowed months ago to not bitch about that cast choice any longer, and I’ll stick to that. Getting used to it, however, takes a little work.

It will help to have great actors populating the film around Cruise, and the latest addition to the film, which revolves around a set of sniper murders in a midwest town, is the reliable Richard Jenkins. Read More »

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]

After the break, Marisa Tomei joins Us & Them, and Nathan Lane teaches alongside Julianne Moore in an indie comedy. 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]

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 »

This December’s embarrassment of riches for film fans just got a little easier to navigate. Paramount has slightly shifted the release of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol from December 16 to December 21. That moves it away from the similarly action packed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) on the 16th and puts it up directly against David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Then, two days later on the 23rd, the flood gates really open with The Adventures of Tintin, The Darkest Hour and We Bought A Zoo.

Plus, another Paramount/Cruise property, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed One Shot, has just been given a February 8, 2013 release date, more or less assuring it’ll be Cruise’s next film after Rock of Ages but before Oblivion. Read why we think the release dates shifted after the break. 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 »

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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 »