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!
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.