'Jack Reacher' to make its U.S. debut Dec. 15 in Pittsburgh
Tom Cruise will return to Pittsburgh on Dec. 15 for a red-carpet showing of “Jack Reacher” at the SouthSide Works Cinema. But the even bigger news may be that the event will be the U.S. premiere for the film, an action-thriller that shot in the Pittsburgh region late last year.
“Jack Reacher” is set for nationwide release Dec. 21.
Paramount Pictures contacted the Pittsburgh Film Office to say they wanted to hold the premiere in Pittsburgh, film office director Dawn Keezer says. As far as she can remember, this is the first time since she's been in the job that the city has hosted a bona fide premiere of a major film.
“It's a phenomenal opportunity for the Pittsburgh region to celebrate the film industry,” she said. “We've never had that happen, complete with the red carpet, the movie lights, everything.”
Cast members Robert Duvall and Rosamund Pike also have RSVP'd yes for the 'Burgh bash. So has Lee Child, a British-born writer based in New York. His novel “One Shot,” which features the character of Jack Reacher, an ex-army investigator turned private detective, is the basis for the film. Child has written several Reacher novels.
The film moves the action from Indiana to Pittsburgh. Scenes were filmed in Oakmont, the Allegheny County Courthouse and on the North Shore, among other places.
“Jack Reacher” stars Cruise as the title character. He is asked to help defend an ex-military sniper who is accused of gunning down five unarmed people, apparently at random. Reacher reluctantly agrees to investigate and soon discovers alarming evidence of a cover up.
“Jack Reacher” also features Richard Jenkins, “True Blood's” Michael Raymond-James, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney and Werner Herzog, the eccentric German film director better known for his work on the other side of the camera.
“We had an extraordinary experience shooting in Pittsburgh,” said Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the film. “The local crew was fantastic, and the city was unbelievably accommodating. We felt very welcome — even with all the noise we made.”
William Loeffler is staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 412-320-7986.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers notebook: Brown calls Sanders’ comments about Roethlisberger ‘terrible’
- Rossi: Pirates must land Lester
- After years of lobbying, Big Ben has Steelers running the no-huddle
- Joe Greene only 2nd player in Steelers history to get number retired
- McKeesport home invasion suspect waives extradition
- Steelers hold high hopes for pass defense
- Protection-from-abuse orders public again in Fayette
- Glassport police name new chief
- Sprint CEO weighs price cuts
- Elizabeth Township police chief put on leave, manager terminated
- Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation