Tom Cruise Gets A Beautiful New Leading Lady

After a read-off between (at least) three budding stars, ’s next leading lady has been found.

Deadline reports that British actress has won the role opposite Cruise in “,” the upcoming big screen adaptation of one of Lee Child’s books about badass ex-Army cop Jack Reacher. The 32-year old British actress beat out Haley Atwell and Alexa Davalos, both of whom read for the part this weekend.

Pike, interestingly enough, took Davalos’ place as Andromeda in the upcoming “Clash of the Titans” sequel, which is part of a busy 2011 for the actress. Already, her “Johnny English Reborn,” has hit theaters, while coming soon, she plays opposite Owen Wilson and Steve Martin in the comedy, “The Big Year.” Pike will also feature in “The Sea,” with Ciran Hinds. She’s known best for her work in “Barney’s Version” and “Made in Dagenham.”

The film features Cruise as Reacher, who gets taken away from his seaside vacation and sent to investigate the mysteries behind five murders in a small Indiana town; Reacher’s female opposite in the film is a lawyer and the daughter of the district attorney.

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