'The Help,' 'Apes' thesp in talks to join Tom Cruise in Paramount thriller

David Oyelowo is in talks to join Tom Cruise in the Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions’ “One Shot.”

Christopher McQuarrie will direct from a script he penned.

Based on the book series by Lee Child, the series follows Jack Reacher, a former military policeman turned drifter. In “One Shot,” Reacher investigates a case where a sniper is accused of murdering five people before being captured.

Oyelowo will play a veteran homicide detective investigating the mall sniping. Par had no comment on the casting.

Cruise and Ellison will produce along with Don Granger, Paula Wagner, Dana Goldberg and Gary Levinsohn through Mutual Film Company and Cruise/Wagner Productions.

Oyelowo has stayed busy this summer having been seen in both “The Help” and “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and has recently finished production on “The Paperboy.” He’ll also be seen in the upcoming Lucasfilm production “Red Tails.”

He is repped by ICM, Hamilton-Hodell in UK and managed by Inphenate.

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