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Here's what you need to know about the Reacher series on Amazon Prime Video
Fan-favorite rough-and-tumble investigator Jack Reacher is back, and this time on the small screen. After two successful Jack Reacher films starring Tom Cruise, Amazon Prime Video launched a Reacher series in 2022. The series jumped into the top five Amazon originals in the U.S. and globally within days of its premiere and was the service’s most binged series. Read on for everything we know about the Jack Reacher series, from plot details to season 2 to casting to release date and more.
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What is the Reacher Prime Video series about?
Based on Lee Child’s bestselling series of crime novels, Reacher follows the titular Jack Reacher, a veteran military police investigator with a knack for finding trouble.
The inaugural season adapts Child’s first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor. It sees Reacher newly adjusting to civilian life as he wanders the country, taking on odd jobs as a homeless drifter.
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Things get complicated when he arrives in the small town of Margrave, Georgia, where locals place him at the scene of the town’s first homicide in two decades. As he works to prove his innocence, Reacher realizes he’s caught in the middle of a conspiracy that’s far more than a simple case of mistaken identity.
Unfortunately for the true killers, Jack Reacher is exactly the kind of person you don’t want to set up as your fall guy. His military know-how, massive build, and willingness to use his fists will make them regret ever crossing him.
When and where can I watch Reacher?
Reacher premiered exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on February 4, 2022. The series is available globally, in over 240 countries and territories, for Amazon Prime Video subscribers.
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All eight episodes of the first season dropped at once on February 4.
Will there be a Reacher season 2?
Three days after the series premiered, Amazon announced that it had ordered a Reacher season 2.
It stands to reason that Reacher season 2 will be based on another Jack Reacher novel, though Amazon has not revealed which one.
With nearly 30 Jack Reacher novels to draw from (and counting), there’s plenty of source material to keep the Reacher series alive for several seasons after season 2.
Alan Ritchson plays the titular role of Jack Reacher. You might know Ritchson from his role in HBO Max’s Titans, as well as his parts in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The other cast members are listed below, along with the characters they’ll be playing:
- Malcolm Goodwin as Oscar Finlay
- Willa Fitzgerald as Roscoe Conklin
- Chris Webster as KJ
- Hugh Thompson as Baker
- Maria Sten as Frances Neagley
- Harvey Guillén as Jasper
- Kristin Kreuk as Charlie
- Currie Graham as Kliner Sr.
- Marc Bendavid as Hubble
- Willie C. Carpenter as Mosley
- Maxwell Jenkins as Young Reacher
- Bruce McGill as Mayor Teale
Season 1 of Reacher is developed and written for television by Nick Santora, who also executive produces and serves as showrunner for the series as part of an overall deal with Skydance Television.
Executive producing with Santora are Lee Child, Don Granger, Scott Sullivan, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Bill Bost.
Is this related to the Tom Cruise movies?
If you’re hoping for a continuation of the Jack Reacher films starring Tom Cruise, this isn’t the place to find it. While 2012’s Jack Reacher and 2016’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back could potentially continue with Tom Cruise reprising the title role, the Reacher series is effectively a reboot, adapting the Lee Child novels anew.
By recasting the main role, this version is a bit closer to the source material, at least in the characterization of Jack Reacher himself.
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Cruise plays the character more or less as he appears in the novels, but he’s certainly miscast on a purely physical level. Child’s Jack Reacher stands at 6’5. In A Wanted Man, Child describes him as having hands the size of dinner plates.
Tom Cruise was always an odd choice for the 6'5 character from Lee Child's novels.
That description does not exactly align with Cruise. While well-known for physical feats and doing his own stunts, the Mission: Impossible actor is famously quite short. He stands at 5’7, which is actually fairly close to average height for an American man, but it’s still a far cry from Jack Reacher’s massive build.
In that sense, Alan Ritchson is a bit better suited to the part, but he also does a great job in the role generally.
That’s what we know about the Jack Reacher series on Amazon. You can check it out on Amazon Prime Video, and we’ll keep you posted about Reacher season 2.