The title of the movie is “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” But actor Tom Cruise and other key cast and crew from the New Orleans-shot action sequel are, indeed, coming back to the Crescent City.
Cruise will be among the attendees of a press junket and red-carpet fan screening of director Ed Zwick’s film scheduled for Oct. 16 and 17 in New Orleans. Others expected in attendance include “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” co-stars Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh and Aldis Hodge; as well as Zwick and novelist Lee Child, the creator of the Jack Reacher character.
The fan screening is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 16) at the AMC Elmwood Palace, with red carpet arrivals beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the screening and red carpet experience for fans will be distributed online later this week. Stay with NOLA.com for details on how to get them once they are announced.
According to a Paramount Pictures spokeswoman, the screening and junket — which will bring dozens of domestic journalists to town for cast interviews — are being held in New Orleans as a way to give thanks to the people of the city, where much of the film was shot in fall 2015.
Set four years after the events of 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” Zwick’s film stars Cruise as the title character, a highly trained former military operative who roams the country taking odd jobs — and often getting entangled in dangerous happenings in the process. In “Never Go Back,” he sets out to clear his name when he is accused of a 16-year-old murder.
Tom Cruise is back and better than ever in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and ET has a look at what fans can expect from the upcoming thriller.
“Reacher is a badass, tough character,” Cruise says in a behind-the-scenes clip. “The character has a very swift and violent approach. Even if you’re knocked out, he’s going to break your leg, because he doesn’t want you coming after him”
The action star returns as the drifter with a military past in the second installment of the Jack Reacher franchise, opening Oct. 21. The sequel has Reacher helping the woman who took over the elite unit he once commanded, played by Cobie Smulders.
The film definitely required a lot more physical training for Smulders than her role as Robin on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
“It was a huge education in that world of being fit, staying fit,” Smulders says. “You had to get to a certain fitness level. We were [training] six weeks before we even started rolling cameras.”
Lee Child created Jack Reacher, the heroic ex-major who left the U.S. Army Military Police Corps to wage a one-man war on evildoers across the nation. So it’s only appropriate that Lee Child appeared in Jack Reacher, the 2012 film starring Tom Cruise. In that film, Child had a short cameo as a police officer. And EW and PEOPLE are excited to exclusively announce that the author returns in the upcoming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
“A theme is developing,” Child says, laughing. “I’m always in uniform, and I’m always somewhat suspicious of what is going on with Cruise.” In Never Go Back, there’s a scene where Cruise’s Reacher has a phony ID; Child is an airport agent scanning his identification. “That was all Tom’s idea,” he explains. “He’s a very smart guy who’s very, very expert at storytelling. He wanted that scene on a whole number of levels. I’m kind of judging him at that moment. It is, in a way, very respectful of the fact that I wrote this character, and now he has received the baton, playing the character in the movie. This is the author saying to the actor: Go for it. Enjoy your trip!”
Child is ecstatic about Never Go Back, which is adapted from the 18th book in his Reacher series. The film sees Reacher paired up with an Army major named Susan Turner, who’s embroiled in a conspiracy that reaches from the Middle East and Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. And both characters have to deal with a mysterious teenager, played by Danika Yarosh. “Instead of being a lone wolf, it becomes a three-hander,” says Child. “The three of them have got to work together to get out of the mess. And they are unfamiliar with taking orders. They’re all alpha characters used to being their own boss.”
Betty Zhou visited ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ set in New Orleans on December 9th 2015, and here is the interview with a lot of new footage from the movie. Enjoy it!