Movie News: Bruce Willis in ‘Lay the Favorite’ Trailer; Tom Cruise IS ‘Jack Reacher’; and More

Movie News: Bruce Willis in ‘Lay the Favorite’ Trailer; Tom Cruise IS ‘Jack Reacher’; and More

May 30, 2012

Rock of Ages

Call Him Jack: Fictional former military police investigator (and current drifter) Jack Reacher was created by writer Lee Child in a series of novels that now number 16. One Shot, the ninth book in the series, was chosen to be adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise (above, in Rock of Ages) that is due out at the end of the year. The film’s title has now been changed by Paramount Pictures to, simply, Jack Reacher, indicating that the studio has more definite ideas about the film becoming a franchise. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Family Skeletons: An impressive quartet is in talks to star in the family comedy This is Where I Leave You. Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages) will direct the film, which revolves around four siblings who come home to honor their recently deceased father, “and all the skeletons are bared.” Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, and Leslie Mann could play three of the siblings, while Goldie Hawn -- who has been absent from the screen for 10 years -- could play their mother. [Deadline]

Intense Cops: Criminally underrated director Carl Franklin (One False Move, Devil in a Blue Dress) is set to make a thriller as his next project. City of Night tells the story of a rookie cop in the Los Angeles Police Department who discovers corruption and deceit in his unit; the film is described as “sexually intense,” so it should be interesting to see who lines up to star. [via press release]

Place Your Bets: In Stephen Frears’ comedy Lay the Favorite, a stripper from Florida (Rebecca Hall) moves to Las Vegas, where she meets a  sports bookie (Bruce Willis) and sets the town ablaze. Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Joshua Jackson also star; the film’s due out in the UK in June, though a US release has not been set. [Hey U Guys, via Coming Soon]

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