The British series that spawned the Cinemax action drama Strike Back is getting a U.S. run on the HBO sibling network. Branded Strike Back: Origins, the six-episode series starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) will debut on Cinemax on October 25, taking over Strike Back‘s Friday 10 PM slot. The Cinemax version, a co-production with British satcaster Sky and UK-based Left Bank Pictures, was inspired by the Armitage- and Lincoln-starring Sky/Left Bank series, which in turn was based on Chris Ryan’s book of the same name. The follow-up series introduced a brand new character with Armitage appearing in the first episode for continuity. Strike Back: Origins tells the story of John Porter (Armitage), an SAS soldier who realizes a connection between a current hostage situation and a mission he ran in Iraq in 2003. He appeals to Hugh Collinson (Lincoln), a fellow team member from that mission who now runs the stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 for the UK government, to allow him to join the rescue mission. Check out the trailer:
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