Director Kenneth Branagh has chosen Keira Knightley to take on the lead female role in the new Jack Ryan movie being developed at Paramount Pictures. She will play the wife of Jack Ryan who is being played by Chris Pine (Star Trek) in the new movie.
The new movie is a prequel to the book series written by Tom Clancy. The story centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan (Pine), who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife.
The screenplay was written by Adam Cozad and Anthony Peckham. David Koepp ended up working on the most recent draft.
It seems like Knightley was always the studio's top choice but just for the hell of it Branagh auditioned several other actresses for the part a couple of weeks ago. Some of those actresses included Lost's Evangeline Lilly and Like Crazy's Felicity Jones.
Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck have all played Jack Ryan over the years. Ford was the best though. No one can compete with his portrayal, he was such a badass. I'm sure this upcoming film will be entertaining though. It's got a very talented team of people brining it to life, so it's something to look forward to.
Who's your favortie Jack Ryan actor? And do what do you think of Knightley landing the female lead role?