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Terminal List Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

After a long hiatus from television, A-lister Chris Pratt is set to return to the small screen in a big way. 

Pratt's early career and subsequent rise to fame is defined by his roles on television. First, there was his breakout role on the short-lived CW series "Everwood," and then there was his beloved run as Andy Dwyer on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." As "Parks and Rec" wound down, though, Pratt's star was rapidly rising, and roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Lego Movie" would only help to propel him even higher into the Hollywood megastar stratosphere. Now, in between filming "Thor: Love and Thunder" and the upcoming third "Guardians" movie, Pratt is returning to TV to once again play a gritty action hero in "The Terminal List."

We first learned about "The Terminal List" back in May 2020 from The Hollywood Reporter. THR announced "The Terminal List" was scooped up by Amazon for its Prime Video streaming service. This marks the second time a project toplined by Pratt has found a home at Amazon, in addition to his recent sci-fi action flick "The Tomorrow War" also getting a Prime Video release. In addition to starring in the show, Pratt will also serve as an executive producer alongside his "Magnificent Seven" reboot director, Antoine Fuqua. At the time the show was announced, it was revealed to be envisioned as a multi-season series, which teases the possibility that Pratt has locked down another long-term gig in addition to his MCU duties.

With some exciting casting news for "The Terminal List" making headlines in late July, here's what else we know about the Amazon show's release date, cast, and plot. 

What is the release date of Terminal List?

A late June 2021 Deadline casting report for "The Terminal List" included some key release date and filming details. Buried at the end of the second paragraph of the report is a brief note that filming on "The Terminal List" has already begun. Even better, an early 2022 release date has been scheduled for the Amazon thriller show. 

We probably won't get an exact premiere date for the eight-episode series until the first poster or trailer is released. Amazon has a tendency to release materials for a high-profile project just a few months in advance at most. With an early 2022 release window already being mentioned online, that means the first poster and trailer won't drop until November or December 2021, at the earliest. Plus, once we know the release date, we should also have a better of idea of whether "The Terminal List" will drop one new episode per week, if it will release all eight episodes at once for maximum binging, or if it will opt for a unique release strategy that straddles these two options. 

Who is in the Terminal List cast?

"The Suicide Squad" and "Terminator: Genisys" star Jai Courtney is the most recent addition to "The Terminal List." According to Variety, Courtney will have a recurring role in the series and it sounds like he's also the main anatgonist who will be working opposite Chris Pratt's hero, James Reece. Courtney will play Steve Horn, "the billionaire kingpin behind Capstone Industries." 

What is Capstone, exactly? Well, it is essentially a high-falutin' global fund that deals in a variety of industries, but Steve apparently likes to use Capstone to profit from the latest military innovations. With Steve's high-profile role in the world of business and politics, he will inevitably land on Reece's radar, but it's unclear how the two will directly interact in the series.

Speaking of Pratt, we should also tell you about the additional major cast member joining this television series. As previously mentioned, Pratt with play Reece, an extremely skilled Navy SEAL looking for answers behind the murder of his entire platoon during a covert operation. In addition to Pratt, "The Terminal List" will star Constance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians") as "Katie Buranek, a risk-seeking war correspondent who uses her byline to speak truth to power" (via Deadline); Taylor Kitsch ("Friday Night Lights"), who plays "Ben Edwards, Reece's best friend and a former SEAL who now works for the CIA" (via The Hollywood Reporter); JD Pardo ("Mayans M.C."), Jeanne Tripplehorn ("Mrs. America"), Riley Keough ("Zola"), as well as Pratt's IRL brother-in-law, Patrick Schwarzenegger ("Moxie").

What is the plot of Terminal List?

"The Terminal List" is adapted from the 2018 novel of the same name written by novelist Keith Wood, who wrote it under the pseudonym Jack Carr (via Susanna Lea Associates). Per the Amazon description of "The Terminal List," this story follows James Reece, a Navy SEAL left reeling after the entirety of his platoon is killed while on a covert mission. Even worse, Reece returns home to more carnage when he discovers those closest to him have also been killed. The elite SEAL discovers that the enemy is one close to home and there's a conspiracy at work behind all of the bloodshed around him. Now left to seek vengeance on his own, "Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. With breathless pacing and relentless suspense, Reece ruthlessly targets his enemies in the upper echelons of power without regard for the laws of combat or the rule of law."

Variety's description of "The Terminal List" TV series doesn't seem to stray too far from the plot of the book, from the looks of it. The biggest change between the book and the TV show is that Reece's family is still intact, thus sending him into overdrive to protect his family. Otherwise, for the time being, it seems audiences can expect a relatively faithful adaptation of the first of five books in the "Terminal List" series, and if the series is a success, it'll be interesting to see if subsequent books also get adapted.