Fresh off the success of one of last summer’s strongest flicks, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, British thespian David Oyelowo joined Tom Cruise in the thriller that was at the time titled One Shot, but is now called Jack Reacher.
It’s based on the series of books by Lee Child, which “follows Jack Reacher, a former military policeman turned drifter…” investigating “… a case where a sniper is accused of murdering five people before being captured.“
Oyelowo plays a veteran homicide detective also investigating the sniper.
Christopher McQuarrie, primarily a screenwriter, directs from a his own adapted script.
Oyelowo’s in an actor in demand – aside from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, he also had a part in another 2011 summer hit, The Help, and, this year, has been seen in The Paperboy with Lee Daniels, the George Lucas-produced Red Tails, and, of couse, co-starring in Ava DuVernay’s recently-released Middle Of Nowhere. But that’s not all; he co-stars in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, later this year.
Next year, look for him in The Butler (again with Lee Daniels), Cynthia Mort’s Nina Simone film, the UK Channel 4’s political thriller Complicit, and probably more to be announced.
He was also Lee Daniels’ choice to play MLK in his long-in-development King project, which may now be dead.
But like I said, busy, busy, busy. It’s probably only a matter of time before Hollywood puts him in the lead in his own starring project.
Watch the newly-released trailer for Jack Reacher below: