Tom Cruise is one of the biggest actors in the world when it comes to popularity and recognition. He’s also one of the shortest leading men in Hollywood, stretching to hit 5’7″.
His two-movie portrayal of Jack Reacher was enjoyed by many fans, including the book series’ writer, but there was something missing – about 10 inches. In the books, Reacher was described as 6’5″ with hands the size of dinner plates.
There will be no more Jack Reacher movies. There will be a new actor to play the role. The next version of the drifting former major in the military police will come to us through the small screen, almost certainly as a streaming show on Netflix or Amazon.
“Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” series creator Lee Child told BBC.
So, who could replace Cruise?
The next Jack Reacher
We know Reacher’s character is tall intimidating. He is physically fit and can handle himself well in most fights.
Age isn’t much of a factor. He left the military at age 36, so they have a lot of flexibility depending on which stage they want the story to be picked up.
He’s American, Caucasian, and generally jovial except when he’s kicking butt. He’s blond in the books, but that’s malleable.
So, here’s a list of people who fit the bill. Some of them are hard to imagine playing a television role, but it’s 2018. That’s much more common in the streaming age. A-list actors don’t consider television a downgrade the way they used to.
In order from my favorite to least favorite choice for the role…
- Vince Vaughn
- Adam Baldwin
- Liam Hemsworth
- Joe Manganiello
- Billy Campbell
- Armie Hammer
- John Corbett
- Ben Affleck
Anyone who balks at Vince Vaughn playing the tough guy as Jack Reacher hasn’t seen Brawl In Cell Block 99.