Tom Cruise returns to the silver screen as Jack Reacher in the sequel of the successful film released in 2012. The new project's title is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The film is adapted from the 18th section of the novel One Shot by Lee Child. The story is set four years since the first film events, Jack Reacher is returning to the headquarters of his old military unit, but reveals that he is now accused of a 16 year old homicide, and finds out that it is only a part of something bigger than he thought before.
Cobie Smulders plays Virginia MP Susan Turner (the new head of Reacher’s former unit) in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, while Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) costars as the young woman who (as the movie’s synopsis references) may or may not be Reacher’s daughter. Although McQuarrie is only a producer on the Jack Reacher sequel, Never Go Back was directed by another Oscar-winner who has collaborated with Cruise before; namely, The Last Samurai‘s helmer Edward Zwick, who co-wrote the film’s script with his writing partner, Marshall Herskovitz. Rounding out the film’s cast are such names as Patrick Heusinger (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Aldis Hodge (Underground), and Holt McCallany (Run All Night), among others.
Never Go Back, similar to its predecessor, blends a pulpy crime/mystery narrative with the action of a contemporary “urban western”, and is shaping up to be yet another solid piece of genre entertainment starring Cruise, judging by the trailer footage. That said, the sequel might fall somewhat short of the bar set by the first Jack Reacher movie, a Tom Cruise vehicle that was further elevated by McQuarrie’s writing/direction and the casting of filmmaker Werner Herzog as an especially nasty villain, among other elements. Still, Cruise rarely takes a misstep with his choices in movie roles nowadays, and Never Go Back looks to uphold his standing as an action star to be reckoned with (even now that he’s in his 50s).
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens in U.S. theaters on October 21st, 2016.