Paramount Sets JACK RYAN for Release in 2013; Kenneth Branagh Offers Story Details
Published: August 23, 2012 - 11:42am
The upcoming and much delayed film, which until recently was in development under the working Moscow, will feature the return to the big screen of Tom Clancy's most famous character.
Starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) in the title role, Jack Ryan is the latest film to feature author Clancy's popular character who has previously played by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. Kenneth Branagh, director of Marvel's Thor and recent star of My Week With Marilyn, has been tapped to direct Jack Ryan a as well as playing it's villain. Keira Knightley will play Jack's wife Cathy. James Earl Jones is said to have a cameo as Admiral Greer. Kevin Costner has signed on for the role of CIA Agent William Harper, the man who recruits and mentors Ryan as well as John Clark -- the main character in director Christopher McQuarrie's upcoming film Without Remorse.
Agent Harper will serve to tie the Jack and Clark franchises together similar to how Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury links Marvel Studios' films pre-Avengers. Chris Pine's This Means War co-star Tom Hardy is being pursued for the role of Clark.
The film will follow Ryan, a former Marine turned financial analyst living in Moscow who uncovers a terrorist plot to devalue American currency and thus destroy the U.S. economy masterminded by Viktor Stazov, a financial wiz in league with the Russian government. Branagh recently offered a few words on its story and where it falls into continuity with the other films:
"[It's] 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."
Paramount Pictures has announced that Jack Ryan will be released in theaters in the fourth quarter (October - December) of 2013 and will be the first in a planned trilogy.