Quentin Tarantino Has The Perfect Plan To Make Tom Cruise Cool Again

This could work. This could actually work.

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Never Go Back Tom Cruise in the Jack Reacher sequel. Image Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise has not had a great time of late. His reboot of The Mummy was an unmitigated disaster while American Made was harshly overlooked by fans.

There’s still that long-awaited Top Gun sequel to come but few can deny Cruise’s career is entering something approaching the doldrums for the A-list star.

He’s still a huge star of course and a highly bankable commodity with global audiences. It just feels like a damn shame that most of his efforts are now focused on the daft-but-enjoyable Mission Impossible franchise.

Cruise needs something edgy. Something against type. He needs another Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder, another Frank T.J. Mackey from Magnolia.

Roles like that don’t come around often though and they certainly don’t come around for stars like Cruise. Not until now.

According to Deadline, Quentin Tarantino is keen to sign Cruise up for his next, as-yet-untitled, movie.

The untitled film project initially courted controversy after reports suggested it would focus on the Charles Manson family murders, with Margot Robbie playing the role of Sharon Tate.

It’s since become clear that the Manson killings will only be a small part of a larger film consisting of several smaller stories, an approach similar to the one adopted with Pulp Fiction.

Quentin Tarantino has finished work on the script for his ninth film and it’s already shaping up to be something extraordinary. The script is currently doing the rounds with all the major studios and has already drawn comparison with Pulp Fiction both thematically and structurally. It was previously reported that the 54-year-old was putting together a film focusing on the infamous Manson Family murders. However, a report from Deadline indicates that the script, which is currently being referred to as #9, will be a multi-threaded story with the Manson murders just one of several stories set to play out. #9 will be set in Los Angeles, in and around the 1960s and early 1970s and has already attracted interest from several big names. Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Pitt all all thought to have held discussions with Tarantino about starring in the film. Margot Robbie is also rumoured to be interested in appearing in the film, with reports previously suggesting the Wolf of Wall Street actress was being lined up for the part of a fictionalised version of Sharon Tate. Tate was one of the five people murdered during the 1969 incident that saw members of Manson’s family invade the home she shared with her husband Roman Polanskia in California. Tate was pregnant at the time of her death. Tarantino is currently shopping the script around Hollywood after severing ties with Miramax and The Weinstein Company in the wake of the allegations levelled at Harvey Weinstein.
Quentin Tarantino the Pulp Fiction director is planning something bold. Image Getty

With Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio being tapped up to star in the project, the film represents a rare chance for Cruise to earn a little more credibility and remind the world just why he’s still regarded as one of Hollywood’s true acting elites.

Tarantino worked wonders for another Scientologist, John Travolta, in the mid-90s, casting him as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. It was a masterstroke for both the film’s director and actor alike, with Travolta landing several notably edgy roles in the immediate aftermath.

Cruise could certainly do with a similar career facelift, and a role in an another adult-themed ensemble movie might just be it.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction What's in the briefcase? Image Miramax Films

The Top Gun star was brilliant as motivational speaker/pickup artist Mackey in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, a role that discarded the actor’s nice guy image and well and truly took Cruise out of his comfort zone. It was also a film that earned him a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination.

Cruise needs that kind of role now, more than ever, and if he has even the smallest hope of one day landing an Oscar, these are the roles he needs to take on. Tarantino’s film is already being tipped for big things and, given the filmmaker’s track record, it’s likely to a memorable project and something worth being involved in.

More importantly, audiences need Cruise to do more of this kind of stuff. To take risks. To do something daring and surprise us all. Like Tropic Thunder and the sight of a bald Cruise bellowing insane nonsense down a phone.

It was hilarious, it was incredible and it was damn sight more interesting than The Mummy. Tarantino the perfect plan to make Tom Cruise cool again – he just needs to take him up on the offer.

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