We’ve got another Jack Ryan on our hands, and his name is Chris Pine. Wait, you mean the Jack Ryan from The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears? Yep, that’s the one! According to Deadline, the Star Trek actor will be joining Keira Knightley (who will play love interest Cathy Muller Ryan) in the reboot of the popular Tom Clancy character, which finally has a release date set for the end of 2013, and it’s going to be a trilogy!
For those unaware of the developments so far in the newest adaptation of the character, director and villain Kenneth Branagh described the movie as “an original story that allows us to understand how Jack Ryan develops into a CIA analyst, before joining, and perhaps even joining, the CIA. It’s a very contemporary action thriller set in the here and now.” The film will allegedly begin with the moment that defined the Jack Ryan character: a helicopter crash that nearly killed Ryan when he was just a 23 year-old platoon leader in the Marines. He was the only survivor from the platoon, making him just the right amount of brooding/hurt hero-person to carry a film franchise (or in Ryan’s case, multiple franchises)!
It is also of note that a new role has been created for Kevin Costner that was not in any of the previous films to add a new edge to the story. His character’s name is William Harper, one of those American idealist types who mentors Ryan (and also John Kelly who will get his own film Without Remorse that the studio is hoping will have Tom Hardy attached to play the role of CIA Operative Kelly. I think we’ve got some tentpole films on our hands, America! Are they setting us up for an Avengers-style crossover film? Or! Is this simply a weird way to prequel This Means War? (I’ll be here all night, folks.)
The role of Jack Ryan was previously made famous in movie adaptations featuring Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. It is also noted that Paramount Pictures has slated a release date for late in 2013, a seemingly quick turn-around for such a huge action-thriller series.
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