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Is Chris Pine the New Jack Ryan?

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Oct 13, 2009 | 5:01pm EDT

After helping to successfully revive one storied franchise with hisĀ assured performance as Captain James T. Kirk in Paramount's blockbuster Star Trek reboot, Chris Pine appears poised to take on another. Variety reports that Pine is currently in talks to star as CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a new series of film's based on author Tom Clancy's beloved character.

The project is said to still be in the early stages of development at Paramount, as "the studio and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld are working with a script draft by Hossein Amini, based on an original concept," according to Variety.

If the report is indeed true, Pine will be stepping into some big shoes as Ryan, a role previously portrayed by acting legends Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and, ahem, Ben Affleck. Okay, maybe the shoes arent that big.

Pine is currently at work on the Tony Scott thriller Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson.

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