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Inspired Casting: Werner Herzog will Play Villain Across Tom Cruise in McQuarrie's One Shot

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 4, 2011 at 8:23AM

German auteur director Werner Herzog (Into the Abyss, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) has been cast as the villain in Christopher McQuarries's One Shot (which he adapted from Lee Child's book series), starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall. Here are more details on the project, in which diminutive Cruise will play strapping military cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher, with Herzog as The Zec, a former P.O.W. and head of the conspiracy Reacher is investigating.
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German auteur director Werner Herzog (Into the Abyss, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) has been cast as the villain in Christopher McQuarries's One Shot (which he adapted from Lee Child's book series), starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall. Here are more details on the project, in which diminutive Cruise will play strapping military cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher, with Herzog as The Zec, a former P.O.W. and head of the conspiracy Reacher is investigating.

Herzog is a superb actor, as his roles in Zak Penn's Incident at Loch Ness and The Grand attest. "I'm good as an actor,'' Herzog, who has appeared in more than a dozen films, told me some years back. ''I've got six to eight actors' agencies chasing me to take on work." But this will be Herzog's first major Hollywood acting role. With a voice and face like his, we say it's about time.

Here's my Telluride interview with Herzog for his latest, Into the Abyss (IFC, November 11).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.