Tom Cruise will not be playing Jack Reacher anymore after the author of the famous book series admitted the actor was "too short" for the role.
The casting of Cruise was controversial as Reacher is a 6 foot 6 inch (198cm) rugged former Marine with "hands the size of dinner plates". Fans of the book felt the 170cm (5'5") tall and famously un-dinner-plate-handed Mission: Impossible star lacked Reacher's presence, a view now backed up by Lee Child himself. So after two Reacher movies, Cruise will no longer play the character.
"Ultimately the readers are right," admitted Child in an interview with the BBC. "The size of Reacher is really, really important and it's a big component of who he is.
"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.
"So what I've decided to do is - there won't be any more movies with Tom Cruise."
Below is the trailer to Jack Reacher - decide for yourself if Cruise passes as a 2-metre brick shithouse:
Child also revealed that in future Jack Reacher will be fully rebooted and put out on Netflix rather than in cinemas. He also asked for readers to actively help him find the right actor for the role.
"We're going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor.
"And 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."
Cruise had starred in 2012's 'Jack Reacher', based on the novel 'One Shot' and 'Jack Reacher: Never Look Back'. The latest Reacher book - the 23rd - 'Past Tense' was released on November 8.