The Help's David Oyelowo Joins Tom Cruise For One Shot

By Brian Salisbury 2011-09-14 18:59:36discussion comments
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If you were one of the many people this summer who went to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you would probably recognize the face of David Oyelowo. He played Jacobs, the profit-crazed head of the pharmaceuticals company in the film. Now, Variety is reporting that Oyelowo is in final negotiations for a role in Paramount’s/Skydance Production’s One Shot. The film centers on a former policeman, now a drifter, who is investigating the case of a sniper accused of killing five people. Because if there’s one person I want investigating an important case like that, it’s a…drifter?

Oyelowo will play a homicide detective also investigating the killings. He is cast alongside Tom Cruise who will be playing Jack Reacher, the aforementioned wandering detective. It would be easy to assume that Oyelowo will find it difficult sharing the screen with Tom Cruise, but he is an actor who has proven time and time again that he has serious chops. He was especially fantastic in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland, in which he negotiated screen time with subsequent Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, and even his brief role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes was strong. The producers of One Shot are not alone in their recognition of Oyelowo’s talent. He was also recently in The Help and is set to appear in Red Tails for Lucasfilm.

When you take talent like Oyelowo and pair him with a great script, the results are often spectacular. One Shot is being written by Christopher McQuarrie and Josh Olsen; McQuarrie also directing the film. McQuarrie, who has so far written two films featuring Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol and Valkyrie), penned one of the best screenplays of the last twenty years in The Usual Suspects. For his part, Olsen gave us the film adaptation of A History of Violence, which was sensational and turned out to be better than its graphic novel antecedent. It’s hard not to get excited about this film.

One Shot is based on a book series by Lee Child, might not be a bad idea to give the series a read in case this becomes a franchise.
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