Tom Cruise is keeping busy these days with -- his fans hope -- some roles he can really sink his teeth into (coming off the very limp 'Knight and Day,' you might say any role would be meaty). Not only has he finished 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol,' which opens Dec. 16, but he's shooting 'Rock of Ages,' getting ready for Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi project 'Oblivion,' and has about a dozen projects in the fire. Now, according to Deadline, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are negotiating with him to star in 'One Shot,' a thriller based on the Lee Child book series.

Fans of two-fisted he-men book heroes love the Child series for its protagonist, former military policeman-turned-drifter Jack Reacher, who's described as being 6-feet, 5-inches tall, weighing 250 pounds, and with fists made of steel (figuratively). Already the Net is abuzz with naysayers doubtful about Cruise in this part -- he is, after all, not an imposing figure.
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