By: John M Jerva
It looks like DC Titans actor Alan Ritchson has found himself a new gig as Deadline is bringing the word that he has been officially cast in Amazon’s new action series Jack Reacher which is based on the best selling series of books by Lee Child. Tom Cruise player the iconic US Army Ranger who is thrust into deadly situations while investigating suspicious goings on.
It was made public that Child was not a fan of Cruise in the lead role in the two feature films as he didn’t fit the physical description of the character from his books. Now it looks like Child has finally got his man as Ritchson is an imposing 6’4” and 235 pounds as Reacher is described as being 6’5″ and 210 pounds. I’d say that’s close enough so hopefully Child is happy now.
Per Deadline: The first season of the series, written, exec produced and showrun by Nick Santora, is based on the first Jack Reacher novel, The Killing Floor, which is set in Georgia.
Besides DC Titans, Ritchson’s other credits include Blue Mountain State as well as Blood Drive and Smallville where he played the TV version of Aquaman. Ritchson is also known for the feature films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire most recently Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows where he played Raphael.
Jack Reacher joins the Amazon adaptation of Jack Ryan which stars John Krasinski so it looks like Amazon has a formidable one-two punch when it comes to these two action series.
In novel form Child’s Jack Reacher is a huge hit as it has amassed more than 100 books sold worldwide in 49 languages and 101 territories. Aside from the two films starring Cruise, this will be the character’s first foray into television.