“Reacher” is about to get some new friends — and some new enemies.
Amazon Prime Video, Skydance Television and Paramount Television Studios announced today the key cast members who will be joining mountain-of-a-man Alan Ritchson, who stars in the title role of the popular series. Joining the show are series regulars Serinda Swan, Ferdinand Kingsley, Rory Cochrane with guest star Domenick Lombardozzi. Also joining the cast are Luke Bilyk, Dean McKenzie, Edsson Morales, Andres Collantes, Shannon Kook-Chun, Ty Victor Olsson, Josh Blacker, and Al Sapienza. They will join Ritchson and Maria Sten, who will will return for Season 2 as Frances Neagley and Shaun Sipos, who will play David O’Donnell.
What’s somewhat unique about “Reacher” is that, like the books that it follows, the only real holdover character from one season to the next is Jack Reacher himself. Every book sees him winding up in a new town, with a new mystery for him to solve and a conspiracy to untangle. The second season of the show will follow “Bad Luck and Trouble,” one of Lee Child’s very best novels (it’s the 11th book in the series), that sees Reacher in Los Angeles as members of his old battalion are picked off one by one by unseen forces.
Production begins later this month, hopefully in L.A. As cliché as it is, the city really is a character in the book (although sadly the Denny’s where much of the clandestine meetings take place just closed).
Swan has been cast as Karla Dixon. Along with O’Donnell, Dixon served with Reacher in the Army’s unit of Special Investigators; Kingsley has been cast as A.M., a streetwise former NYPD detective; Cochrane has been cast as Shane Langston, a streetwise former NYPD detective.
“Reacher” was renewed for a second season three days after its debut on Prime Video and ranks among Prime Video’s top five most-watched series ever in the U.S. and globally.