As a fan of the book and movie series revolving around Jack Ryan, I'm looking forward to the new film being directed by Kenneth Branagh. A couple of new photos have been released thanks to USA Today featuring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner in the lead roles. I think they're both going to be great in the movie, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they bring to these characters. Pine talked about playing this character in a recent interview saying,
It's always a bit overwhelming. What I do know is my job is to do my best to bring whatever new colors I have to these franchises. We take the fundamentals of the myth of Jack Ryan and do an original film that was never a book. We're making our own story in a modern-day 2013. He doesn't drive great cars, he doesn't know five different martial arts. He works in the CIA, but he's a normal guy with a normal wife (fiancée, actually) thrown into these extraordinary circumstances.
We cheated a little. Mr. Clancy is very aware of and very behind the concept, but we put Jack Ryan in the here and now. We're probably not going to be James Bond or Jason Bourne or Ethan Hunt. The audience feels they could just be Jack Ryan and they like him for that. If you ever wanted to be involved in global conspiracies and espionage, then Jack Ryan is the way in. And it puts us in the center of the story.
The story centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), who finds out his boss is financing a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Keira Knightley), who at some point gets pulled into the madness. Kevin Costner is playing a mentor to Ryan who is going to convince him to join the CIA.
The movie will be released on December 25th, 2013. Are you looking forward to it?