07/03/2012 01:05 pm ET Updated Jul 03, 2012

'Jack Reacher' Trailer: Tom Cruise Gets His 'Drive' On? (VIDEO)

Jack Reacher, the hero of 18 books written by author Lee Child, is described as a six-foot-five drifter. Tom Cruise is not six-foot-five, but he's playing Jack Reacher in the new Paramount movie "Jack Reacher." Hollywood: Where wonders never cease!

On the heels of Cruise's very messy breakup with Katie Holmes -- and the actor's 50th birthday -- the trailer for "Jack Reacher" has debuted online. (A Russian copy leaked on the internet over the weekend.) The film stars Cruise as Reacher, a former military police major investigating the case of a military-trained sniper.

"I am not a hero," Cruise says at one point in the new, car-heavy clip. That, combined with the violence, might give some of you flashbacks to Ryan Gosling in "Drive." Of course, whether audiences will buy into the film after Cruise's latest press stumble remains to be seen.

“Tom is a huge movie star for the right reason: He’s a very talented actor whose movies have entertained millions of fans," Paramount said in a statement to the New York Times. “[His] ability to make a great movie [is what] moviegoers remember above all else.” In that regard, Cruise struck out with "Rock of Ages," but hit gold with "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." That film, also released by Paramount, grossed $693 million worldwide after its release in Dec. 16, 2011.

Perhaps not coincidentally, "Jack Reacher" arrives in theaters on Dec. 21, 2012.

Watch the trailer for "Jack Reacher" above. Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog and Richard Jenkins co-star.