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Paramount Pictures announced late Friday that it will postpone this weekend’s premiere of Tom Cruise’s latest action film Jack Reacher in respect to the victims of the tragic shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.
According to Deadline, Paramount released a statement confirming that the Saturday premiere in Pittsburgh would be postponed until further notice.
“Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow’s Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher. Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones,” the statement read.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, in the film, Cruise plays the title character, a vigilante and former police officer. The character has to solve a cast with a mysterious Russian hired killer. It’s rated PG-13 for its violence and is based on Lee Daniels’ novels.
The shootings took place early Friday morning at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza is suspected of killing 26, including 20 young children between ages 5 and 10. Among the adults killed was the school principal.
Jack Reacher is set to open in theaters on Dec. 21.
This is not the first time this year that a studio has been forced to postpone a film premiere out of respect to the victims of a shooting. After the Aurora, Colorado shootings in July, Warner Bros. cancelled several international premieres for The Dark Knight Rises.