Amazon has cast Titans star Alan Ritchson in the lead role of their upcoming Jack Reacher TV Show series. The role was previously played by Tom Cruise on the big screen. The series is based on author Lee Child's best-selling novels of the same name. Back when the show was originally announced, Child asked fans of the franchise to "participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series." Ritchson, should satisfy both the author, and fans of the series due to his physical likeness to the character from the source material.
The Jack Reacher character is described as being 6'5″-tall and around 210- to 250-pounds. Alan Ritchson is 6'4" and certainly looks like he is ready to play the lead role in Amazon's Jack Reacher series. "Lee Child's Jack Reacher book series is a global phenomenon with one of entertainment's most well-known heroes, and a perfect fit for Amazon Studios' slate of bold, character-driven series," Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke said back in January. As for when production will be able to start, that is another question.
Alan Ritchson currently stars as Hawk, aka Hank Hall, on DC's Titans. It is believed that the actor will star in Jack Reacher while also continuing on the comic book TV series. The Amazon Prime series is written, executive produced, and showrun by Nick Santora, and is based on the first Jack Reacher novel, The Killing Floor. Lee Child is also an executive producer on the Jack Reacher series, along with 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.
Lee Child never thought that Tom Cruise was the man to play Jack Reacher on the big screen. "Cruise, for all his talent, didn't have that physicality," Child said in 2018. "I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He's a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun. But ultimately, the readers are right." The author continues, "The size of Reacher is really, really important, and it's a big component of who he is... the idea is that when Reacher walks into a room, you're all a little nervous just for that first minute." Cruise is reportedly 5'7".
Alan Ritchson certainly fits the bill from a physical standpoint for the Jack Reacher series. However, there will be plenty of Tom Cruise fans comparing their performances when the time comes. While Cruise might not have been exactly what fans originally had in mind when reading Lee Child's books, he was able to star in two successful installments on the big screen, which how a lot of people were introduced to the franchise. Deadline was one of the first outlets to announce that Alan Ritchson will star in Amazon's upcoming Jack Reacher series.