Amazon Studios have cast Titans star Alan Ritchson in the lead role of its upcoming Jack Reacher TV series.
The new series is based on the character from Lee Child’s international bestselling series of books, which spawned two film adaptations starring Tom Cruise, 2012’s Jack Reacher and 2016’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
News of the new series was announced back in January, when Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, revealed that the first season will be based on the 1997 book The Killing Floor.
“The Jack Reacher book series is a global phenomenon with one of entertainment’s most well-known heroes,” Salke said, “and a perfect fit for Amazon Studios’ slate of bold, character-driven series.
“We look forward to expanding the Jack Reacher universe and bringing more thrilling action to our Amazon Prime Video audience.”
The series will be written and helmed by Scorpion‘s Nick Santora, who will be carrying on what Child started.
“Lee Child has created an incredible character and world,” Santora said. “It will be the goal of every writer, producer, actor, executive and crew member to capture the essence of Mr Child’s books – and luckily Lee has been there, and will continue to be there, to help guide us along the way in this series. He is the pulse of Reacher.”
The Amazon Studios, Skydance TV and Paramount TV Studios production has now revealed that Ritchson will take on the role of the imposing, US Army veteran who investigates suspicious activities that frequently put him in danger.
Ritchson, who at 6’4” and 235 pounds fits the physical description of Jack Reacher, is best known for starring as Hawk/Hank Hall in DC Universe’s Titans and as Thad Castle on Spike TV’s cult series Blue Mountain State and follow-up feature Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland.
He’s also starred in the movies The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lazer Team, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboots.
Jack Reacher will be executive produced by Child, Don Granger, Scott Sullivan and Christopher McQuarrie, with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg executive producing for Skydance. Marcy Ross also serves as an executive producer. Carolyn Harris oversees the series for Skydance Television, which produces with Amazon Studios and Paramount TV Studios.
Based on the book One Shot by Lee Child, the 2012 movie follows homicide investigator Jack Reacher as he digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Tom Cruise ended up getting the lead role.