Originally Posted by ShaunH
I'm terribly intrigued at the thought of Cruise in a Tarantino flick.
Yep, me, too.
Cruise has kind of been on autopilot for a little while outside of the first Jack Reacher, which I loved, and the Mission: Impossible franchise. Well and Edge of Tomorrow. Point is he's been sort of letting himself dominate one niche of the market, and of course with the Mission movies he continually shows up in the pop culture foreground again and again. The Mummy was unfortunate; the first fifteen minutes plus the plane crash are kind of cool but it's otherwise dreary stuff. American Made was all right but somewhat disappointing.
I'd really like to see Cruise go for broke again with something outside of his comfort zone. Said this before but I can't see him headlining Mission: Impossible movies seven, eight years from now. He's injuring himself over and over on this new one, reportedly. He has to be thinking about the next phase of his career when he turns 60 (he's 55 now). I want to see him graduate to the late 1970s-onward era Paul Newman chapter of his career, taking on meaty dramatic parts with directors who will push him in new, bold directions.
Playing a major character in a Tarantino film could serve as the bridge to that chapter.