Rosamund Pike Cast in Star-Making Role in One Shot, Opposite Tom Cruise

by Maggie Lange
August 17, 2011 4:10 AM
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Chris McQuarrie has picked the actress to star opposite Tom Cruise in high-octane crime actioner One Shot. "English Rose" Rosamund Pike beat out actresses Hayley Atwell (Captain America) and Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans) for the role after brainy writer-actress Brit Marling turned down the gig. It will be up to Pike to turn this into a star-making role. Poor Davalos: she not only loses this gig, but Pike is replacing her in the Titans sequel!

From playing the sweetly doting sister in 2005's Pride and Prejudice and Carey Mulligan's daffy gal pal in 2009's An Education, Pike displayed her endearing and soulful side in 2010's Barney's Version (trailer posted below), and shows her comedy chops opposite Rowan Atkinson in the upcoming Johnny English Reborn. UPDATE: She also played a Bond girl in 2002's Die Another Day.

One Shot is based on Lee Child's action novel about Jack Reacher, a drifter with a history as a military policeman famous for his hulking blond physique--Cruise with his slight build is controversial casting for fans of the book. Opposite Cruise, Pike will play a local defense attorney defending the serial sniper who Reacher is trying to prosecute. Christopher McQuarrie will direct; McQuarrie won a Best Screenwriting Oscar for 1996's The Usual Suspects.


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7 Comments

  • iAmMe | October 10, 2011 5:23 AMReply

    Tom Cruise is NO Jack Reacher! Who ever casted this is freaking on drugs

  • nich | August 17, 2011 11:50 AMReply

    She's already a star. Can we talk about how inappropriate Tom Cruise is as Reacher? I have no doubt that he can pull off the intensity of the character, but the physical description of Reacher is so far from Tom's reality that it makes this so wrong.

  • jaguar007 | August 17, 2011 7:57 AMReply

    Odd that the article failed to mention what was probably her most high profile role, opposite Pierce Brosnan in 2002's James Bond movie Die Another Day where she completely outshined Halle Barry.

  • tdoa | August 17, 2011 6:35 AMReply

    she's already a star and has been in several high profile pics already. She does not need Tom Cruise to become one.

  • The Pope | August 17, 2011 5:30 AMReply

    JC, Don't worry. Tom will be wearing heals, lifts and two pairs of tube socks.

  • JC | August 17, 2011 4:46 AMReply

    This is hilarious. Pike is two inches taller than Cruise. How many women (or men for that matter) were bigger than Reacher in the novels? They're going to have to change the Reacher character quite a bit, as "physical intimidation" is clearly no longer part of the equation.

  • Brandon Gleeson | August 17, 2011 4:26 AMReply

    Rosamund Pike is stunningly gorgeous. She should have joined the A-list years ago.

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