The Jack Reacher novels will be headed to a small screen sometime soon, but author Lee Child says Tom Cruise will not play the lead because he doesn’t have the character’s "physicality."
In the books, Reacher is described as 6 feet 5 inches; Cruise is 5 feet 7 inches.
Cruise played the title character in the 2012 film original (which grossed $200M) and its 2016 sequel (which grossed $162M).
"Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality," Child told BBC Radio.
"The idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous just for that first minute. And Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality," he continued.
Child issued a call to readers who angry with Cruise’s casting to help find the perfect star for the TV adaptation. "I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out - participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We're rebooting and starting over and we're going to try and find the perfect guy," he said.