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Werner Herzog to Play Villain in 'One Shot' Starring Tom Cruise

The Collider:
This is some of the best casting news in just about forever. Writer-director Werner Herzog, who has taken the occasional minor acting role in his long filmmaking career, will play the villain in Christopher McQuarrie’s adaptation of One Shot. Tom Cruise stars in the film as retired military investigator Jack Reacher, an ex-military investigator-turned-drifter who “gets sucked into the mystery surrounding the arrest of a sniper accused of killing five random people in a shooting.” According to Variety, “Herzog will play The Zec, an ex-prisoner of war who arranges and stages the killing and is the head of the conspiracy.” That’s right: Herzog’s not just playing a villain. He’s playing a villain with an awesome name. This almost makes up for Herzog’s latest documentary, Into the Abyss. While his “acting” resume may be sparse, Herzog’s best-known character is himself and I’ll be interested to see how much Herzog is in The Zec.

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