Smallville & What We Do in the Shadows Stars Join Amazon’s Jack Reacher Show
Amazon Prime Video’s Jack Reacher TV show rounds out its cast by adding Smallville and What We Do in the Shadows actors among others.
Amazon’s Jack Reacher TV show has cast Smallville and What We Do in the Shadows stars. Originating as a fictional protagonist in Lee Child’s series of crime novels, the imposing, brawny Jack Reacher was adapted into the mainstream media for the first time with Christopher McQuarrie’s 2012 Tom Cruise movie. McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher was a commercial success, but it drew criticism as Cruise’s 5 ft 7 in height nowhere matched Reacher’s 6 ft 5 in’s stature from the books. In 2016, Cruise reprised Reacher’s role in the sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. But the movie was a critical disappointment, which discouraged Lee from continuing the film series. Still, the live-action rendition of Jack Reacher remains underway, as Lee is now developing a series based on the character, with hopes of more proper representation than the films.
Ordered to series in early 2020, Lee’s new Jack Reacher show will reportedly adapt one-by-one every book in the 25-course novel series, starting with Killing Floor. When Lee announced the Jack Reacher series, he made it clear that Tom Cruise wouldn’t return to reprise the role. Subsequently, in September 2020, Titans’ Hawk actor Alan Ritchson was cast as the new Jack Reacher. Ritchson’s casting was met with enthusiasm, especially considering that he is 6’4 and thus fits the bill for the lead character perfectly. Following Ritchson’s addition, updates about the series remained slow. But now, Jack Reacher is fully back on track, and it’s also rounded out its main cast.
On Friday, TV Line announced that Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk and What We Do in the Shadows’ Harvey Guillén have landed roles as series regulars in Jack Reacher. They aren’t the only ones confirmed, though, as Lost in Space’s Maxwell Jenkins, Men in Black’s Willie C. Carpenter, The Good Witch’s Marc Bendavid and The Rookie’s Currie Graham have also been roped in for the show. They will join previously announced stars Malcolm Goodwin (iZombie), Willa Fitzgerald (Dare Me), and Bruce McGill (The Crew).
Kreuk’s character Charlie is being described as a cultivated-yet-strong-headed ex-debutante who enjoys the Country Club life she shares with her husband Hubble (Bendavid). Guillén’s playing Jasper, a frantic local forensic who is distraught due to a sudden increase in murders in his town. Carpenter plays a local barber, whereas Jenkins’ part is that of a Young Reacher. Graham’s role is perhaps the most interesting; he plays a person who has lived in the central village for several years, yet people are oblivious to his terrifying ‘dark side’.
Interestingly, Kreuk’s casting marks a Smallville reunion on Jack Reacher, as it reteams the Lana Lang star with Ritchson, who played Aquaman/ Arthur Curry in the long-running series. Of course, they are playing very different characters now, but it will still be fascinating to see how their built-in chemistry adds to the show. As for Guillén, he has already proven, through his balancing act between Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and What We Do in the Shadows, that he is capable of juggling completely different properties and acing distinct characters. The rest of the cast is also high-profile, and it will definitely elevate the narrative quality of Jack Reacher once the show airs.