Jai Courtney is the latest name to join the upcoming Lee Child novel adaptation, One Shot. Deadline reports that the actor will be taking a leading role in the 2013 release.
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions project adapts Child’s novel, which is the ninth entry in the popular Jack Reacher series. The book is officially described as follows:
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me.
And sure enough, exmilitary investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shootera trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not rightand soon the slam-dunk case explodes.
Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunningand then beat him shot for shot.
Courtney, who is best known for his role on “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” will play a sniper tasked with bringing down Reacher. He’ll appear opposite Tom Cruise in the Reacher role as well as a supporting cast that includes Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast and Robert Duvall.
One Shot is set for release on February 8, 2013.