Vet thesp will play a small, but central, role opposite Cruise

Robert Duvall is looking to team up with his “Days of Thunder” co-star as the thesp is in final negotiations to join the cast of Paramount and Skydance’s “One Shot” starring Tom Cruise.

The pic also starring Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins with Christopher McQuarrie on board to direct from a script he penned.

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

Details about Duvall’s character weren’t revealed and though it is a small role, insiders say it is significant to Reacher’s story line. Par had no comment on the casting.

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

Duvall just wrapped production on two projects, Billy Bob Thorton’s “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” and the indie “Mississippi Wild.”

He is repped by ICM.

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