Casting News: Robert Duvall Reunites With Tom Cruise for One Shot; John Goodman Takes Flight; Jacki Weaver Opens Her Playbook
09.29.11 by Ryan
The last time Robert Duvall and Tom Cruise appeared on screen together was in 1990's Days of Thunder, but the two will reunite in Paramount Pictures' adaptation of One Shot, based on the novel by author Lee Child.
Cruise plays Jack Reacher, a former Military Police Officer-turned-drifter, who investigates the deaths of five individuals at the hands of a lone sniper. Variety reports that Duvall has a small but "significant" role in the movie, particularly to Reacher's story line.
Cruise was a surprising choice to play Reacher, whom Child has used in 15 different novels (One Shot is the ninth in the series). Described in the books as 6'5" and 250 pounds, let's just say that Cruise isn't quite there physically, but as Child recently told Empire "which actor does match Reacher physically?" (Thor's Ray Stevenson, for the record, is our answer.) Furthermore, the author explained, "the movie is not going to match the book anyway."
While movie adaptations rarely exactly resemble their source material, Child explained how the One Shot movie will compare to the novel.
If you look at what [One Shot writer-director] [Christopher] McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects) and Cruise have done before, I think this Reacher will be more clinical — the scalpel rather than the sledgehammer. I think fans of the books will go to the movie and be a little weirded out for the first five minutes, but then the question is, what will happen after the first five minutes? If it's as done as well as I hope it will be, I don't think it will be a problem.
Typically a screenwriter, One Shot will be McQuarrie's first directorial effort since his 2000 crime drama The Way of the Gun. Rosamund Pike (Surrogates) plays an attorney defending the man accused of the murders, while and Richard Jenkins (Let Me In) plays the prosecuting attorney. David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) plays a "a veteran homicide detective investigating the mall sniping," while Deadline reports that Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand) will play a "highly trained sniper who is motivated to stop Reacher." Production begins this fall.
reports that John Goodman
is the latest cast member
to board the upcoming drama Flight
. The flick stars Denzel Washington
as an airline pilot who saves the lives of most of the passengers in a near fatal crash, only to be investigated for substance abuse problems. Goodman will play Washington's friend, who helps him comes to terms with his issues.
Goodman joins a cast that already includes Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), who plays a drug addict who befriends Washington as they both battle their addictions.
Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) is set to direct the movie, his first in live-action since 2000's Castaway. John Gatins (Real Steel) wrote the script for Flight, which starts shooting in Atlanta next month.
Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) is looking to join Limitless duo Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in an adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook, THR reports.
Based on the 2008 novel by Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook follows Cooper as a former high school teacher who is released from a mental institution into the custody of his mother, played by Weaver. Cooper then tries to win back his ex-wife but falls for his neighbor instead, played by Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class). De Niro's role is still unspecified.
David O. Russell (The Fighter) is set to direct The Silver Linings Playbook, which will start shooting this fall.