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OTRC: 'Jack Reacher' U.S. premiere postponed following Connecticut school shooting

Tom Cruise appears in a still from the 2012 film 'Jack Reacher.' (Paramount Pictures)

The U.S. premiere of the new Tom Cruise film "Jack Reacher" has been postponed following the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14.

The premiere was set to take place on Saturday, December 15, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the movie was filmed.

"Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., 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,'" Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the movie, said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."

Officials say the suspected gunman, later identified by authorities as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and shot and killed 20 children and six adults. Authorities later discovered that Lanza, who took his own life after the shooting, also shot and killed his mother in their home.

The "Jack Reacher" premiere was supposed to be Cruise's first U.S. media appearance since he and Katie Holmes announced their divorce in July, according to The Associated Press.

In the action movie, Cruise portrays the title character, a rogue investigator who probes a case involving a psychopathic trained military sniper who shot dead five people in a massacre at a public plaza. The shooter claims he's innocent and had actually asked for Reacher to come clear his name.

A proclamation ceremony for Cruise had been planned with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

No new date for the premiere has been set. The movie opens on December 21, check out the trailer below.

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