It’s going to be pretty hard to top the delightful, evil antics of filmmaker Werner Herzog, whose turn as the villain in Jack Reacher was absolutely wonderful, to say the least. And maybe Jack Reacher 2 director Ed Zwick is well-aware of the impossibility of topping Herzog — instead of trying to one-up the first film, Zwick has turned his attention to the small screen in selecting Tom Cruise’s foil for the upcoming sequel.
Jack Reacher 2 is going to be a bit of a family affair when it heads into production this November. Based on Lee Childs’ novel Never Go Back, the highly anticipated sequel is giving the eponymous hero a daughter (kind of) who just happens to already be a hero of sorts. Heroes Reborn star Danika Yarosh has joined Jack Reacher 2 in the role of Tom Cruise’s daughter.
There are a few filmmakers Tom Cruise has worked with on more than one occasion, like Christopher McQuarrie, Cameron Crowe, and more recently, Doug Liman. The pair worked together on Edge of Tomorrow and the upcoming action-drama Mena, and apparently they’ve enjoyed their working relationship so much that they’ve decided to go for three, as Cruise has signed on to collaborate with Liman on his long-developing sci-fi film Luna Park.
The past few years have been kind to anyone who likes watching Tom Cruise movies. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was everything we want out of that series, Edge of Tomorrow was one of the most fun genre movies in ages, and Jack Reacher was the best movie that you spent countless hours trying to convince your friends to watch despite its dull title. We knew that a Jack Reacher 2 was on the way, but since we apparently live in a slightly better universe than previously thought, we now know when it will hit theaters.
2012’s Jack Reacher was only a modest success at the box office, but it had a card hidden up its sleeve – it was actually a really good movie that people watched after its theatrical run and really liked. So Jack Reacher 2 is coming and for fans of stripped-down, adult-oriented thrillers who never get tired of watching Tom Cruise crash stunt cars for our amusement, that’s excellent news. It’s also excellent news for fans of Cobie Smulders, who has supposedly joined the cast.
Back in May, we learned the glorious news that Tom Cruise is returning for Jack Reacher 2, re-teaming with The Last Samurai director Ed Zwick for the action sequel. Things have been quiet since then, but a new report reveals that Cruise and Zwick will begin filming the sequel sooner than you may have assumed.
Last week, Tom Cruise caused a bit of a stir when he revealed that there are tentative plans for an Edge of Tomorrow sequel — there’s nothing solid or official in place yet, but apparently he’s thinking about it. So is Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote Edge of Tomorrow and wrote / directed Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
It should hardly come as a surprise that guys like Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith and Tom Cruise are among the highest-paid actors in the world. For his part, Downey Jr. is one of the biggest stars in the biggest movie franchise, while Cruise churns out one blockbuster after another, and the very presence of Smith commands huge box office returns. Predictability aside, there are some surprises on this year’s list of the highest-paid actors in the world.
There are many ways to rank the works of Tom Cruise. One might consider the quality of his performance, the overall caliber of the production, or the skillfulness of the action sequences. Those are all valid measurements, but I prefer to judge them according to what really matters: the uncanny beauty of Tom Cruise’s hair.
Edge of Tomorrow — the best summer blockbuster of 2014 — may have underwhelmed at the domestic box office, but it’s difficult to find anyone who actually watched it who didn’t have a great time with it. So when Tom Cruise starts teasing a potential sequel that will reunite him and Emily Blunt for another round of time-traveling, alien-shooting, heavy-armor-wearing, yoga-posing awesomeness, our ears perk up. Yes please, we would like an Edge of Tomorrow 2.