For quite a few months now, audiences have been waiting to get a real peek at Jared Padalecki's upcoming TV reboot of Chuck Norris' western series Walker, Texas Ranger. The new project will make its debut on The CW in January, and while we've known this series would deliver the actor's first starring role after Supernatural's recent conclusion, there hasn't been very much visual imagery to get excited about. At least until now!
In this new take on the original Walker, Texas Ranger series, Jared Padalecki stars as the titular Cordell Walker, a father of two still struggling with the death of his wife (who is played in flashbacks by the actor's real-life wife Genevieve Padalecki). Walker returns to Austin, Texas after working undercover for a couple of years, and realizes how hard he'll have to work to get his life back together while also maintaining justice.
That said, it looks like Walker still has some unresolved questions about his wife's death, which will likely be part of an overarching story throughout at least the first season. Of course, if he addresses those concerns, he'll be doing so in the presence of his creative-minded son (played by Kale Culley) and his confident and slightly rebellious daughter (played by Violet Brinson). Not that the rest of his family will make it easy for him, as he'll be taking on standoffs with his old-school rancher father (Mitch Pileggi), his wise mother (Molly Hagen) and his ADA-focused brother (Keegan Allen). His rivalrous BFF, meanwhile, will be played by Blood & Treasure's Matt Barr.
On the professional side of things, Walker is now directly reporting to a Ranger Captain (played by Coby Bell) that he used to work alongside, and his new partner (Lindsey Morgan) is one of the first women ever to serve as a Texas Ranger. Here's hoping one or both of them will be able to help Walker keep his emotions in check.
To Walker's credit, perhaps, we don't see him cold-cock that dum-dum who disgustingly accused Walker of not being able to protect his wife from dying. That's definitely the kind of comment one makes if they want to see nothing but swollen eyelids for the next week of their lives.
With Jared Padalecki serving as an executive producer, the Walker reboot was developed by Anna Fricke, creator of Being Human and former writer/EP on shows such as Wayward Pines and Valor. Here's hoping she brings just the right levels of mystery, suspense and excitement when Walker makes its way to viewers' eyeballs.