Michael Cavacini

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Can Tom Cruise Be Jack Reacher?

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This past year I started reading Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels for the first time. I’ve only completed two so far, Killing Floor and Die Trying, but I can already see why readers have fallen in love with the Jack Reacher character. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy that regularly gets himself, and others, out of difficult situations by calling on his military experience, brute strength and intellect.

This series started in 1997 and has grown to 16 books since then, with the 17th, A Wanted Man, being released in September. It’s become so popular that Jack Reacher will soon be appearing on the silver screen in a major, Hollywood film appropriately titled Jack Reacher.

However, the release of this film has caused an uproar among “Reacher’s Creatures” because Tom Cruise is slated to play Jack Reacher. For those of you that don’t know, Jack Reacher is 6′ 5″ tall, between 210 and 250 pounds and has dirty blond hair. Tom Cruise, on the other hand, isn’t nearly as tall, heavy or blond. Needless to say, many of Lee Child’s faithful readers are upset.

As for me, I’m going to give Tom Cruise the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t think Daniel Craig could be James Bond because he didn’t look the part, but he made a fool out of me. So, I’m more than willing to give Tom Cruise One Shot.

Do you think Tom Cruise can pull off being Reacher? Check out the trailer below and cast your vote in the poll to let me know.

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