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Werner Herzog To Play One Shot's Villain

He'll go against Cruise's Jack Reacher

The clock in our head says it's time for another Jack Reacher casting story for One Shot. The first cinematic outing for Lee Child's hero, it's already got Tom Cruise starring and Christopher McQuarrie writing and directing. But now there's another director aboard: Werner Herzog will play the bad guy in the film, in news as weird as it is awesome.

The cast already includes Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast and Jai Courtney, but it will be Herzog taking the role of Zec, a former prisoner of war who plays a key role in framing a sniper for five murders - a decision, we're guessing, he will come to regret when Reacher gets involved.

It's Herzog's first major role, but hey! If you're going to go, go big. McQuarrie apparently asked him aboard as a result of long fandom of the German auteur and current documentary king, and we're rather fascinated to see what he does with it.

One Shot is due out in February 2013, which is going to be a very long wait for Reacher fans, accustomed as they are to at least one book per year. Don't forget, by the by, that Reacher creator Lee Child will be visiting Empire Towers this Friday at 1pm to answer your questions in webchat form.