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!
Reacher is back. Back on our screens in October, and back in the new issue of Empire magazine this week. As a sneak preview of our far-reaching Reacher feature, here’s a new shot of Tom Cruise’s zero-nonsense vigilante in action.
As the picture makes clear, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back won’t see the nomadic shit-kicker eshewing violence in his pursuit of justice. But there’s more going on in this one than just punching, kicking and shooting wrongdoers. The clock in his head says it’s time for parenthood: a teenage daughter he didn’t know he had, called Samantha Dayton (Danika Yarosh), is appearing in his life.
How would Reacher deal with a 15-year-old, ponders Cruise in the new Empire of this strange new dynamic. It’s the characters around him who bring out different aspects of his personality. Can we expect a new-found domesticity for Reacher, then? Probably not, considering the nefarious conspiracy he and Cobie Smulders’ MP-on-the-run will be facing.
Pick up the new issue of Empire from all newsagents on 29 September (or subscribe here) for much more on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Cruise, Smulders and director Ed Zwick. The movie itself punches its way into multiplexes on October 21.
The ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ European Premiere will take place in London on October 20th at Leicester Square.
We still have to wait one more accursed month for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the newest film in the hopefully neverending series about Tom Cruise fighting everyone for justice. To tide you over, Paramount just released a new lo-fi 8-bit videogame called Jack Reacher: Never Stop Punching. You play as Reacher, the heroic ex-military policeman, who wanders the mean streets of these United States hunting for bad guys to pummel.
The game’s a pretty straightforward side-scroller: hit Z to punch, hit X to jump, pick up the keyboard and crush it against your forehead to assert dominance over your environment. It looks a little bit like Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja, a game about tough dudes saving the president from ninjas, which would also make a great plot for Jack Reacher 5.