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OK, so "Rock of Ages" was a bit of a bomb. According to Box Office Mojo, the $75 million musical has earned only around $32 million at the domestic box office as of Friday. Cruise, who did earn strong marks for his role as rock god Stacee Jaxx, is returning to the action genre in his next several flicks.
First up, "Jack Reacher." This one has potential. Cruise plays the title character, a homicide investigator and an ex-Army MP major, who must either clear or condemn a man accused of multiple murders. The movie is based on characters created by suspense author Lee Child. Reacher has appeared in 16 novels that have sold tens of millions of copies, according to the Wall Street Journal. So, yeah -- the fan base is there.
But there is a potential problem. As the WSJ explains, Reacher is a strapping fellow, standing 6 feet 5 inches tall. While Cruise certainly possesses big star power, he is not the tallest dude in Hollywood. Most outlets, including IMDb, have him pegged at around 5 feet 7 inches tall. But Cruise has acknowledged that he doesn't quite match the character's description. Entertainment Weekly reported that Cruise introduced footage from the film at Las Vegas' CinemaCon in April, saying "I'm obviously not 6-foot-5, like Jack Reacher... But Lee [Child] felt that I was the right guy to drive fast cars and kick the s--- out of people onscreen."
The director, Christopher McQuarrie, has some hits and misses under his belt. He won an Oscar for writing the acclaimed "The Usual Suspects," but also penned Cruise's 2008 box-office disappointment, "Valkyrie." You'll be able to see for yourself if Cruise can fit into the oversized boots of Jack Reacher this coming Tuesday, when the first trailer for the film debuts right here on Yahoo! Movies.
In 2013, Cruise will star in "Oblivion," in which he plays another dude named Jack. The postapocalyptic science-fiction flick is being directed by Joseph Kasinski, who helmed "Tron: Legacy." Deadline explains that Cruise will play an Earth-bound soldier, whose job is to repair drones that protect Earth's atmosphere. The film might be going after the hipster crowd with M83 providing the soundtrack. Barring any real-life apocalypse, expect "Oblivion" to hit theaters in April 2013.