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Rosamund Pike to star with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher film One Shot

The film has already attracted criticism from book fans for casting 5ft 7in Cruise as the 6ft 5in, blond hero

Rosamund Pike will star opposite Tom Cruise in the action flick One Shot, based on a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child, according to the Thompson on Hollywood blog.

Pike, whose credits include Pride and Prejudice, Die Another Day and last year’s Barney’s Version, will star as a defence lawyer for the serial murderer that Reacher (Cruise) wants to take down. The film’s title stems from the murderer’s weapon of choice: a sniper rifle. Christopher McQuarrie, who won the 1996 best screenwriting Oscar for The Usual Suspects, is directing.

One Shot has already attracted criticism from fans of Child’s Jack Reacher novels. Reacher, a former military policeman, is described in the books as being a hulking 6ft 5in, 250lb (17st 12lb) blond. Cruise is 5ft 7in, with brown hair.

“People think we should have had an actor that looks more like [how] Reacher is described in the books,” admitted Child recently. “There aren’t any such actors, so it’s much more a question of which actor has the talent and screen presence to create what Reacher does on the screen.”

One Shot will start filming in Pittsburgh in September and is scheduled for a 2013 release. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds