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Werner Herzog To Play One Shot's Villain
He'll go against Cruise's Jack Reacher

04 October 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Werner Herzog To Play One Shot's Villain

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.


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Cruise still a Midget
Sorry but whilst this may be good news, Cruise is still a midget in comparison to Reacher and no glossing over by Child of this fact will alter the view that the film will suffer as a result... Been watching Stephen Lang in Terra Nova, he would have made a reasonable go at Reacher, big mean and rugh looking, not short and hollywood poster boy like!!!!! More

Posted by oz_p at 11:50 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

Why not have Herzog ? It is his personality and charismatic voice over which partly make his docs so fascinating. To be honest I can see Herzog as the villain more than I can see Cruise as a hero. Besides, where would a Hollywood action movie be without a European baddie? More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 15:56 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Spoilerific
" framing a sniper" not everyone has read the book... More

Posted by Youshouldberunning at 11:36 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

This is one piece of news...
that has peaked my interest in this otherwise absurdly cast movie! (By absurdly cast I am of course referring to Mr Cruise only! HA) More

Posted by Bubba76 at 22:38 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

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