Werner Herzog Will Play a Villain in Tom Cruise’s Next Action Movie


And now for what has to be one of the craziest casting stories that we’ve ever read: According to a report from Variety, famed filmmaker Werner Herzog will join Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, and Richard Jenkins in the cast of One Shot, Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie’s forthcoming film adaptation of Lee Child’s 2005 novel of the same name. For his first major onscreen role, Herzog will be playing “The Zec,” a maimed ex-prisoner of war who’s described as “ageless and shadowy figure,” and presumably the mastermind behind the conspiracy that Cruise’s ex-Army cop, Jack Reacher, is investigating. Suddenly we think that this project, which is set to begin filming in Pittsburgh this month, sounds a lot more interesting. How about you? [via Slashfilm]