Following in the footsteps of Tom Cruise is probably a pretty daunting prospect, but that’s the task facing Alan Ritchson in Amazon’s new adaptation of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels.
The Titans star takes on the lead role in Reacher, and fans have already been quick to point out that he more closely matches the character’s original description than Cruise, who played the role in two feature films.
He’s joined in the show’s cast by a host of other TV stars – read on for everything you need to know about them, including who they play and where you might have seen them before.
Alan Ritchson as Jack Reacher
Who is Jack Reach? A seasoned military police investigator who has just entered civilian life, Reacher is a wanderer, carrying no phone and the bare necessities as he travels the country and explores the nation he once served.
Early in the series, he is arrested after arriving in the small town of Margrave, Georgia as it faces its first homicide in 20 years. He must work to prove his innocence using both his quick wit and his hard-hitting fists.
What else has Alan Ritchson been in? Ritchson’s previous credits include his breakout role as Aquaman/Arthur Curry in Smallville and major roles in Blue Mountain State, Blood Drive and Titans. He also played Raphael in the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and its 2016 sequel and had a role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Maxwell Jenkins (lost in space, A family manand Meaning8) plays Young Reacher.
Malcolm Goodwin plays Oscar Finley
Who is Oscar? The head of the Margrave Police Department, Oscar, accuses Jack of committing an act of homicide. He himself arrived relatively recently in the city, having moved to take up the post.
What else has Malcolm Goodwin been in? Goodwin is best known for his role as Clive Babineaux in iZombie, while he also had a starring role in the drama series Breakout Kings and appeared in episodes of House of Cards, CSI and Elementary.
Willa Fitzgerald plays Roscoe Conklin
Who is Rosco? A committed and resilient member of the Margrave Police Department, Roscoe has lived in the city her entire life and loves her job.
What else has Willa Fitzgerald been in? Fitzgerald had starring roles in the TV adaptation of Scream and the 2017 BBC version of Little Women – in which she played Meg March. Other television roles have included episodes of House of Cards, Law & Order: SVU and Billions, while on the big screen she has appeared in films such as Blood Money and The Goldfinch.
Chris Webster plays KJ
Who is KJ? Son of town benefactor Kliner Senior, KJ is a spoiled young man who likes to think he’s the most important person in town. He has a crush on Roscoe.
What else has Chris Webster been in? Webster has had roles in the Quibi action series Most Dangerous Game and period drama TURN: Washington’s Spies in addition to small roles in shows such as Cucumber, Father Brown and Doctors.
Bruce McGill plays Mayor Grover Teale
Who is Mayor Grover? The town’s mayor, Grover, comes from a long line of Southern gentlemen who have ruled Margrave for decades.
What else has Bruce McGill been in? McGill has appeared in a number of films, including Michael Mann’s films The Insider, Ali and Collateral, in addition to roles in Animal House, My Cousin Vinny, Timecop, Shallow Hal and Ride Along. Television roles have included playing Jack Dalton on MacGyver and Det. Vince Korsak on Rizzoli & Isles, while last year he had a recurring role on the NASCAR comedy series The Crew.
Maria Sten plays Frances Neagley
Who is Francoise? A private detective who was previously in Reacher’s employ when she was an army deputy, Frances is one of the main character’s closest friends.
What else has Maria Sten been into? Sten played the lead role of Jillian Hope Hodgson in the fourth season of Channel Zero: The Dream Door and portrayed Liz Tremayne in the DC Universe series Swamp Thing.
Hugh Thompson plays Baker
Who is Baker? Margrave’s top cop, Baker has very little time for Detective Finlay but likes to be in a position of power.
What else has Hugh Thompson been in? Thompson’s previous television highlights include roles in Canadian shows Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111, Black Harbor and Forgive Me – winning a Gemini Award for the former.
Kristin Kreuk as Charlie
Who is Charlie? A former debutante who is now happily married to an accountant – Charli has a secret tough side that comes to the fore over the course of the series.
What else has Kristin Kreuk been into? Kreuk first rose to prominence as part of the main cast of the teen drama series Edgemont, and went on to star as Lana Lang on Smallville, Catherine Chandler on the sci-fi series The CW Beauty & the Beast and Joanna Hanley in the legal role. drama The Burden of Truth.
Marc Bendavid plays Hubble
Who is Hubble? A family man who lives in Margrave, Hubble has been living beyond his means for some time.
What else has Marc Bendavid been in? Bendavid’s most significant roles thus far have been lead roles on Canadian television: in the sci-fi series Dark Matter and the comedy How to Buy a Baby. He also had a starring role in seasons 5-7 of the fantasy comedy-drama Good Witch.
Willie C Carpenter plays Mosley
Who is Mosley? The town’s longtime barber, Mosley is unimpressed with what has happened to his beloved town in recent years and is only too happy to lend Reacher a helping hand.
What else has Willie C Carpenter been in? Veteran actor Carpenter is best known for his recurring roles on Reasonable Doubts as Robert Maxwell, 1600 Penn as General Maurer, and Devious Maids as Kenneth Miller.
Currie Graham plays Kliner Sr.
Who is Kliner? One of the main businessmen in the city, known for his generosity but who actually hides ulterior motives.
What else has Currie Graham been in? Graham has appeared in a range of films including Hitchcock and Pompeii and a wide variety of TV shows – with highlights including roles in Murder in the First, Raising the Bar and NYPD: Blue
Harvey Guillén plays Jasper
Who is Jasper? Margrave’s medical expert, Jasper, is overwhelmed by the sudden wave of murders in the city.
What else has Harvey Guillén been in? Guillén is well known for his role as Guillermo on the hit sitcom What We Do in the Shadows, and was previously part of the main cast of the thriller series Eye Candy and the drama Huge. On the big screen he has appeared in The Internship, Truth or Dare and Werewolves Within.