AMAZON GIVES LEE CHILD’S HERO A PROPER METAMORPHOSIS AT LONG LAST! OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED ON 4 SEPTEMBER. WELCOME ALAN RITCHSON.
At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, 37 years old Ritchson is the new Reacher – much closer to Lee Child’s description of the physically imposing character (who is described as standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 250 pounds) – Tom Cruise is 5’6” and 170 lbs – that must be one of the worst bit of casting I can remember.
Child said of the recasting:
“I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is…So what I’ve decided to do is – there won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise. Instead we’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long-form streaming television, with a completely new actor. We’re rebooting and starting over …” Lee Child in November 2018.