Tom Cruise is back as Jack Reacher in the sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The film directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) also stars Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Avengers), Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) and Jason Douglas (The Walking Dead). Continue reading below for a synopsis of the movie and the first official images released.
The title is taken from the 18th novel in the Lee Child Jack Reacher series and follows Jack on an adventure where he attempts to clear the name of an army major – with assistance from a young woman who may (or may not) share a history with Reacher. Smulders plays the army major accused of spying and Yarosh plays the young woman whose presence forces Reacher to deal with “deep-rooted personal issues of his own.”
Director Zwick spoke with People and shared about Tom Cruise’s work ethic on the film and joked about Cruise’s commitment to doing all of his own stunts (including famously hanging from an actual airplane taking off for the sequence in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).
“I’ve never seen anybody more prepared both physically and mentally than Tom. He’s tireless and unbelievably focused.”
“It’s a pretty boring job to be Tom’s stunt double,” jokes Zwick. “He did all of his own stunts. It’s almost a hallmark of what he does. He does every bit of it himself.”
But Zwick adds that Smulders had no problem keeping up with a pro like Cruise.“She does it all herself, too. She didn’t use a stunt double.”
The images below come courtesy of Screen Rant.
Jack Reacher was a surprisingly good film. I don’t say that to suggest that Tom Cruise makes bad films, because whatever you want to say about the man he does typically make quality film choices and always gives it his all in every role. However, that film was a much smaller movie (budget and scope) than Cruise’s latest efforts and he was playing a role that fans of the character complained that he wasn’t suited for. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the movie and I’m glad to see a sequel. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back arrives in theaters October 21, 2016.