Marie Louise McConville: Victory for common sense as Tom Cruise dropped from Jack Reacher role

Finally, common sense has prevailed - Tom Cruise is to be replaced as Jack Reacher after he falls short in the role. Picture by Ian West/PA Wire
Marie Louise McConville

Ain't life grand.

The weather seems to be behaving itself, Christmas is just around the corner and Tom Cruise has finally got the boot.

After years of us fans voicing our utter disappointment, disgust and annoyance at the 5ft 7in actor being cast in the role of 6ft 5in action hero Jack Reacher, it has been announced that Cruise is to be replaced in the role.


As a massive fan of Lee Child, a talented crime writer who created the fantastic Jack Reacher character, I am delighted.

Now, I'm not going to claim that I had anything to do with it (I did) but a few years ago when I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview the author, I made it very clear that I thought Cruise was completely wrong for the role.

And now, here we are, however many years on and finally, common sense has won the day. I'm just saying.

For those of you who have never read a Jack Reacher book, they revolve around the said character, who is charming and handsome and altogether perfect.

Following a highly decorated career in the Military Police in the US Army, Reacher finds himself unable to settle into civilian life, so he becomes a drifter.

However, life is less than boring as he finds himself caught up in situations where his specialist training comes to the aid of those in need.

He rights wrongs and sweeps countless women off their feet.

At 6ft 5in tall and weighing 220lbs with blond hair, Jack Reacher is every woman's dream and that, people, is why Tom Cruise was never going to work in the role.

This week, Lee Child finally admitted that Tom Cruise is too short to play the role.

Speaking to BBC Manchester, the author said: "I really enjoyed working with Cruise. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it's a big component of who he is.

"So what I've decided to do is - there won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we're going to take it to Netflix or something like that..... with a completely new actor.

"We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the perfect guy."

I'm over the moon and really, you're all welcome.

Now Mr Child, let's discuss adding a curvy, blonde, mediocre journalist to the character list...I have a few ideas.


It's hats off this week to the wonderfully entertaining Holly Willoughby.

Having made her fantastic debut in the jungle last weekend as a co-presenter on I'm A Celebrity....Get Me Out of Here!, she has continued to shine bright on our tv screens.

As well as sporting a range of glam playsuits - leaving Declan Donnelly in the shade - she has also been up for the craic and is just a good laugh to watch - especially when a trial is underway.

She's a welcome change.

Keep up the good work Holly.

By the way, my money's on Emily Atack to win, she was a star on that Viper Pit trial.



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