The trailer for an Amazon Prime Video series based on Lee Child's best-selling action thriller novels introduces a new Jack Reacher.
Alan Ritchson portrays the literary hero in this TV adaptation. Reacher is a decorated former military police officer who roams the U.S. hunting for mischief and appears in 26 books.
The first season is based on the first book in the series, Killing Floor, in which Reacher confronts a small-town conspiracy.
What Can We Expect from Amazon's Reacher?
The series introduces Reacher after he has recently returned to civilian life. He's a drifter, traveling the country with only the minimal necessities as he observes the country he once served.
When Reacher arrives in Margrave, GA, he discovers a community reeling from its first homicide in 20 years. The cops apprehend him right away, and eyewitnesses claim to have seen Reacher at the crime scene.
While he works to prove his innocence, a plot emerges that will necessitate Reacher's sharp thinking and hard-hitting hands to unravel.
"I don't know how much I can say. I'll say that we're gonna be doing a book a season, so the first season will be the first book," Ritchson told Collider in March. "I think that's such a great way to do this. I can see why it'd be exciting as a film, but the slow burn is what I love so much about the books.
Move Over, Tom
Tom Cruise portrayed Reacher in two films, in 2012 and 2016, although fans of the books criticized him for being a fraction of the size of Child's 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound character.
Ritchson, who previously played superheroes Aquaman in Smallville and Hawk in Titans, is certainly much closer to the hulking guy of the books, popping zip ties, taking on all comers in a prison battle, and giving XXL T-shirts a run for their money.
The actor also discussed how he was cast as Jack Reacher and how he had to go through two separate auditions to get the role.
"It's funny, I actually didn't get the role at first. I'm not exactly six foot five and I'm not exactly 250, and I had heard that they were being very specific with their physical demands," Ritchson said.
“I was like, 'Well, they wanna read me, but I know they're gonna find someone like Dwayne Johnson, who's a huge dude.' I auditioned for the part and it was good, it was just that my take on it was a little different than what they had in mind, at the time."
All eight episodes of Reacher are set to premiere on Prime Video on Feb. 4, 2022.