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A sequel to 2012’s Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher hasn’t exactly been quick to give us more from the ex-military badass, but progression has been steady, and they continue to add pieces to the puzzle. The latest news is that Jack Reacher 2 is adding a member of N.W.A., or at least the guy who played one of them in Straight Outta Compton.
Variety reports that Aldis Hodge, who played founding N.W.A. member MC Ren in F. Gary Gray’s biopic earlier this summer, is in talks to join Jack Reacher 2. At the moment, that fact alone is all that there is to know about his potential role, as details are being kept under wraps for the time being. A number of other players have been cast recently, but we haven’t heard anything about the villain, and with this lack of detail, it makes us wonder if Hodge could fill that role.
In the wake of the success of Straight Outta Compton, which took many in the industry by surprise (it was passed over by almost every major studio, but has earned more than $181 million worldwide), the stars are moving on to bigger and more high profile roles. Hodge’s co-stars Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins have both been cast in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, and Hawkins will play Heath, a character from the comics on AMC’s The Walking Dead in Season 6.
For his part, Hodge had a small role on The Walking Dead in Season 4, a one-off, but he had a recurring character on AMC’s Revolutionary War drama Turn. He’s also recently been featured in the likes of A Good Day to Die Hard, The East, and as one of the core cast members on Leverage.
Jack Reacher 2 will reportedly be based on Lee Child’s novel Never Go Back—the first was adapted from Child’s Long Shot—and sees Tom Cruise’s titular character return to his former military base in Northern Virginia, only to find out that he has been accused of a years-old murder.
Though we don’t know who Hodge will play, it is believed that Cobie Smulders (The Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) is going to play Susan Turner, a woman that the normally cool and closed off loner Reacher strikes up a romantic relationship with. Also joining the party, is 16-year-old Danika Yarosh, who, despite her young age already has an impressive resume, appearing in the likes of Shameless and the upcoming Heroes Reborn.
This time out, Ed Zwick, whose chess drama Pawn Sacrifice opens this weekend, takes over the directing duties from Christopher McQuarrie. Filming is expected to begin next month, and is scheduled for release October 21, 2016.