Cobie Smulders Joining Tom Cruise In Jack Reacher Sequel

Cobie Smulders has found herself another action gig when she's not kicking butt as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill.

Smulders is in early talks to star as the lead female opposite Tom Cruise in the Jack Reacher 2, according to TheWrap. Hill, who in our comic book community is known for her Maria Hill role in Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also well-known for her less bad-a-- part in How I Met Your Mother.

Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the original Jack Reacher in 2012, won't be returning, but instead Edward Zwick, of The Last Samurai and Defiance, will take over as director. In the sequel, Jack Reacher will return to headquarters only to find himself accused of a 16-year-old murder. It is based on Lee Child's Never Back Down novel.

Jack Reacher 2 is set for release in 2016.