Although author Lee Child has welcomed the idea of Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation of One Shot, fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels haven’t been quite as generous. In fact, some have gone so far as to call Cruise absurdly unqualified for the role. And on a superficial level, they seem to have a point. After all, Reacher is supposed to be 6’5 and Cruise is only 5’7. For fans of the books, this makes Cruise as preposterous in the Reacher role as Michael Cera would be in the Mr. T role in Rocky 3.
Now that the first teaser trailer has arrived, some of the naysayers may start to calm down. In one scene, Cruise beats up a group of men who are all taller than him, and he does it fairly convincingly. He may not meet the height requirement, but he seems to have the other aspects of the character down pat.