Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media today announced that principal photography has commenced on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise (the Mission: Impossible franchise, Edge of Tomorrow) and directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). Production will take place in New Orleans. The film is set for release on October 21, 2016. The first film, Jack Reacher, earned $218.3 million worldwide during its theatrical release.

The new film is based on author Lee Child's 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, Never Go Back. The film is written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Equalizer), Marshall Herskovitz (Love and Other Drugs, The Last Samurai) & Zwick. The sequel reunites Tom Cruise and Edward Zwick for the first time since The Last Samurai.

Cruise is producing alongside Don Granger (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Skydance Media's David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Geostorm), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Valkyrie). The executive producers are Paula Wagner (War of the Worlds, The Others) and Herb Gains (The Judge, Non-Stop).

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back also stars Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn, Shameless), Austin Hébert (Bonnie and Clyde), Patrick Heusinger (Quantum Break, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, A Good Day to Die Hard), and Holt McCallany (Blue Bloods, Gangster Squad). The action sequel will go up against two more sequels on October 21, 2016, Underworld 5 and Ouija 2. It isn't known how long principal photography will last for in New Orleans.

Tom Cruise is a global cultural icon who has made an immeasurable impact on cinema by creating some of the most memorable characters of all time in legendary films such as Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Risky Business, Minority Report, Interview with the Vampire, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Rain Man, Collateral, The Last Samurai, Edge of Tomorrow, The Color of Money and the Mission: Impossible franchise among many others. A consummate filmmaker involved in all aspects of film production, Cruise has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades. A three-time Academy Award nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner his films have earned over eight billion dollars in worldwide box office alone- an incomparable accomplishment.