‘Shooter’ is an American action-thriller television series that airs on the USA Network and first premiered on November 15, 2016. It is based on the novel by Stephen Hunter called ‘Point of Impact’, which also inspired a movie of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg. The show has been developed for television by John Hlavin. Among the co-executive producers are Walhberg himself and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is best known for producing the ‘Transformers‘ series.
The show revolves around Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman who is somewhat of a recluse and lives in exile. However, he is coaxed back into action when he learns of a plot to assassinate the President. Although the conspiracy thriller has all the necessary ingredients to make it a success, the critics have not found it too impressive, and have criticized it, saying, “Ryan Phillippe’s efforts aren’t enough to salvage Shooter, a tedious, under-developed drama that lacks an original voice or perspective.”
Shooter Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Shooter’ is led by Ryan Phillippe of ‘Cruel Intentions‘ and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ fame, who appears as the protagonist Bob Lee Swagger. We are made aware that his character is a highly trained Force Recon Marine and also served as a MARSOC CSO Scout Sniper.
Shantel VanSanten, recognizable from ‘One Tree Hill‘, appears as Bob’s wife Julie Swagger, while Cynthia Addai-Robinson, known for her performances in ‘Arrow‘ and ‘Spartacus‘, appears as Nadine Memphis, an FBI agent who investigates Swagger, believing him to be part of the conspiracy to assassinate the President.
Jesse Bradford, known for roles in ‘Romeo+ Juliet’ and ‘Flags of Our Fathers‘, appears as Harris Downey, a staffer in DC who was once involved with Nadine.
There are other minor characters involved in the conspiracy where Swagger is being painted as a scapegoat, or who know Swagger and are on his side. However, one menacing character who deserves mention is Solotov, a Chechen expert sniper, who Swagger has encountered before. The character is played by Josh Stewart, who recently delivered a menacing performance in ‘The Punisher‘ and has also appeared in ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘.