Last year actor Chris Pratt announced he would take on the role of fictional Navy SEAL James Reece in a television series based on the novel “The Terminal List” by author and real-life Navy SEAL Jack Carr. Now “Lone Survivor” actor Taylor Kitsch has joined the cast of the series.
Deadline reported this week that Kitsch, who played Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy in “Lone Survivor” based on the tragic real-life events of Operation Red Wings, will play a CIA agent linked to Pratt’s character in the series.
In the novel, Lt. Cmdr Reece’s entire team is killed in an ambush during his last covert mission. Reece has conflicting memories of the attack and begins to questions his culpability in the traumatic event. On the day of his return from deployment, those closest to Reece are also attacked, sending him searching for answers and revenge.
Pratt is well known for playing Andy in the TV comedy series, “Parks and Recreation” and Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but he also played a Navy SEAL in the Osama Bin Laden raid depicted in the 2012 film “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Teasing the role last May, Pratt said it will be “the most intense and violent character I’ve ever played.”
“Fresh off the Boat” actress Constance Wu, also recently joined the cast of the film. Wu will play a “risk-seeking” war correspondent who left her job at a prestigious publication to pursue her own reporting. Wu’s character reportedly makes an ally in Reece and she seeks to reenter the news business by exposing the truth behind the attacks on Reece.
According to Deadline, Pratt will also executive produce the series along with director Antoine Fuqua and writer David DiGilio. The series is being produced by Amazon Studios and Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.
Last year, Express reported the show would likely premiere in late 2020 or early 2021, but numerous shows and movies have been delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. No date has been announced for the TV show’s premiere.
According to his author bio, Carr “led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces.”