Casting Net: Tom Cruise developing 'Jack Reacher' sequel; Plus, Jason Momoa in talks for 'Batman vs. Superman,' more

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• Tom Cruise is developing a follow-up to 2012′s Jack Reacher with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. The sequel will be based on Lee Child‘s Never Go Back – the 18th book in the series — where Jack is faced with a new commanding officer and a possible return to Army service. No writer or director is attached to the pic, but according to the report, all hope that Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the first film and is currently working on prepping Mission: Impossible 5 with Cruise, will return. [Deadline]

• Jason Momoa, best known for playing Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in talks for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel follow-up, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. There’s no word on Momoa’s role in the secretive movie, but there has been speculation that he could be playing the villain Doomsday or the Justice League member Martian Manhunter. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot star in the pic, set for a July 15, 2015, release. Though best known for his television work, Momoa also has some film credits to his name, including the 2012 Stallone pic Bullet to the Head. [THR]

Skyfall‘s Ben Whishaw is still circling the lead role in the Freddie Mercury biopic, which actor Dexter Fletcher has signed on to direct. Sacha Baron Cohen was originally attached to star, but dropped out over creative differences with the band’s surviving members. [Deadline]

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