Christmas has come early for Alan Ritchson.
Reacher’s star will be in The Man with the Bag, a holiday family comedy starring Adam Shankman will direct Amazon Studios. Allan Rice (Stuck in the Middle) wrote the script for a feature in development.
The Man with the Bag plot begins when Santa’s magical gift bag is stolen, forcing him to turn to His naughty list for help. He recruits their expert Vance (Ritchson), a charming thief fresh out of prison who tries to get straight while trying to have a normal crime-free Christmas with his family. With the help of his daughter and a band of misfit elves, a thief must pull off the greatest heist of his life to save Christmas
In addition to starring, Ritchson will also produce. Lawrence Grey, Ben Everard, Reg Tigerman and Dan Spilo are also in production.
Ritchson is a regular on the DC series Titans but with the Reacher Breakthrough, an Amazon series based on the Lee Child books. The series was a huge success for the company, becoming the first Prime Video series to be ranked No. 1 in Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings. It also became one of the most-watched original series of all time on Prime Video and ranked among the top five most-watched series in the U.S. and globally. It quickly gained traction in its second season, with the cast signing a three-part deal to act in the film. Man with the Bag is part of the agreement.
A CV ranging from The Wedding Planner and Bringing Down the House to hairspray and the Eternal Stone . He most recently directed last year’s Disney+ feature Disenchanted starring Amy Adams.
Ritchson, the big screen currently available in Fast X is represented by WME, Industry Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
Shankman representatives are represented by UTA and Sloane Offer, while Rice is represented by A3 Agency, Tigerman Management and Jackoway Tyerman.