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

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 17, 2011 at 4:10AM

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!
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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.


This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, CASTING WATCH, Action, Tom Cruise


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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.