'Too short' Tom Cruise to be replaced in Jack Reacher reboot

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Jack Reacher author Lee Child has said his bestselling books are to be adapted for television, and that Tom Cruise will not be reprising his role as the wandering hero onscreen.

In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester's Mike Sweeney this week, Child confirmed that Cruise's famously below-average stature is at least partly to blame for his exclusion from the new series.

"I really enjoyed working with Cruise". He's a really nice guy.

In the Jack Reacher series, the title character is a U.S. Army veteran who works as a detective for hire. As a result, they will be looking eventually for a new actor to replace Cruise in the title role of Reacher and Child wants someone more physically intimidating.

Child has decided there will be no more Jack Reacher movies and now he is planning to take the franchise to Netflix or another streaming site. But ultimately the readers are right. "We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the flawless guy", he said. "This is because in the books, Reacher is described as being an incredibly large man. Tom Cruise is 5'7". Cruise's second Reacher movie grossed less at the worldwide box office than his first.

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Cruise played Reacher twice, first in 2012's "Jack Reacher" and its sequel, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" in 2016.

So far casting for the TV series has not been announced, as the final deal for the series will be signed later this month, but the production is expected to devote between 10 and 12 hours to each book.

What do you think of this new lease on life for Jack Reacher - and who would you pick to play the character?

When Cruise was cast in the Reacher films, fans of the books complained about the actor's ability to portray an imposing former major in the U.S. police.

The 56-year-old has starred in two movies as Jack Reacher, with the latest being released two years ago.

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