“Treadstone”: USA Network’s Jason Bourne Spinoff Series “Awakens” [PREVIEW]

USA Network‘s Treadstone is ready to be “awakened” in October, and now the Jason Bourne franchise spinoff series is giving fans an official trailer and images for the spy thriller drama, stemming from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions (UCP).

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TREADSTONE — Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Martin Umbash as Dr. Meisner, Jeremy Irvine as J. Randolph Bentley — (Photo by: Jonathan Hession/USA Network)

Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Treadstone, a covert operation that uses behavior modification protocol to turn its agents into nearly unstoppable superhuman assassins. Jason Bourne, the central character in Universal Pictures’ Bourne film franchise, was a product of the program. The first season follows new sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume deadly missions as part of the mysterious and deadly “Cicada” program – as you’re about to see in the following official trailer (courtesy of exclusive coverage from EW) as well as the network’s first-look images:

From a producer of the “Bourne” franchise, “Treadstone” is an action-packed thriller set amidst the CIA black ops program Operation Treadstone. “Treadstone” explores the origin story and present-day actions of the infamous covert program that uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season of “Treadstone” follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions.

“Treadstone” is produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions) and developed by and executive produced by Tim Kring. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner executive produce on behalf of Captivate (Bourne franchise); Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas executive produce on behalf of Imperative Entertainment (“All the Money in the World”); and Justin Levy (“Beyond”) also executive produces.

USA Network’s Treadstone stars Michelle Forbes, Patrick Fugit, Michael Gaston, Shruti Haasan, Tess Haubrich, Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith, Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, and Emilia Schüle.

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TREADSTONE — Episode 101 — Pictured: Hyo-Joo Han as SoYun Pak — (Photo by: Jonathan Hession/USA Network)

Here’s what we know about the series’ cast of characters:

● Irvine’s J. Randolph Bentley is a spy dispatched by the CIA to eliminate a key target, but ends up embroiled in an international conspiracy.

● Smith’s Doug McKenna is an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself.

● Metwally’s Mr. Edwards is a CIA agent who was ostracized by his colleagues after making a decision that left a fellow operative dead. His willingness to make the hard choice positions him as the most qualified agent for a stealth mission.

● Ifeachor’s Tara Coleman is an investigative journalist who has turned her back on her career after getting too close to a dangerous truth. Now, she must put the past behind her to get to the bottom of an international conspiracy.

● Han’ss SoYun is a wife and mother who must make difficult choices that compromise her quiet family life in North Korea after she starts to learn about her own secret past.

● Scharnitzky’s Petra is a no-nonsense Russian patriot who has committed her life to her country but has deep-seated knowledge of Russian tactics that come into play when she is betrayed.

● Schüle’s Russian KGB agent who will stop at nothing to promote the agenda of her motherland.

● Forbes’ Ellen Becker is a savvy CIA veteran trying to balance the demands of work and family while investigating a conspiracy with international implications.

● Irvine’s J. Randolph Bentley is a spy dispatched by the CIA to eliminate a key target, but ends up embroiled in an international conspiracy.

● Smith’s Doug McKenna is an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself.

● Fugit’s high school math teacher Stephen Haynes has a dark side he is struggling to keep under control.

TREADSTONE — Episode 101 — Pictured: Emilia Schüle as Russian KGB Agent — (Photo by: Jonathan Hession/USA Network)

Originally announced as a pilot on USA’s slate in April 2018, Treadstone bypassed the pilot stage after UCP began negotiating an international distribution deal with Amazon. Kring serves as writer and executive producer, with Ramin Bahrani (Fahrenheit 451) directing and serving as executive producer alongside Justin LevyBen Smith and Jeffrey Weiner on behalf of Captivate; and Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas for Imperative Entertainment. UCP serves as the production studio.

TREADSTONE — Episode 101 — Pictured: Jeremy Irvine as J. Randolph Bentley — (Photo by: Jonathan Hession/USA Network)

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