It’s Werner Herzog vs. Tom Cruise in ‘One Shot!’

The acclaimed German director, and possibly the coolest human being alive, has been cast as the villain in Tom Cruise's latest thriller. WHAT?!

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

In the most unexpected news of the… Geez, I dunno, year maybe? Werner Herzog, the acclaimed director of Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo has been cast as the villain in One Shot, the new thriller starring Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall and Rosamund Pike. The film, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and based on the novel by Lee Child, is about Jack Reacher (Cruise), a man investigating a string of murders by a mysterious sniper. The casting is 100% fitting, since Herzog himself was once shot by a sniper in the middle of a BBC interview… and kept doing the interview anyway.


Herzog may be most famous as a director, but this will hardly be his first time in front of the camera. He's appeared in Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey Boy, Vincent Ward's What Dreams May Come, a recent episode of The Simpsons and, perhaps most memorably, as a fictionalized version of himself in the mockumentary Incident at Loch Ness, in which he is besieged by the legendary monster while shooting a documentary about its "myth."

Werner Herzog is also famous for pulling Joaquin Phoenix out of a car wreck and challenging then-film student Errol Morris (now acclaimed documentarian) that if Morris made a documentary about a pet cemetery, he would eat his own shoe. Morris made the film, called Gates of Heaven, and Herzog actually ate his own shoe, as documented in Les Blank's movie, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, which you can watch right here.

In other words, One Shot just became a "Must See."