Kenneth Branagh directing and starring in new Jack Ryan film

News Simon Brew
20 Jul 2012 - 07:52
Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh goes from Thor to Jack Ryan, as he signs up to direct Paramount’s reboot…

There have been a lot of stops and starts with Paramount’s plans to reboot the Jack Ryan cinematic franchise. The last effort, The Sum Of All Fears, was a really good movie, but it didn’t take off in the way that was hoped, and then Ben Affleck’s acting career hit one or two problems.

Since then? It was revealed a while ago that Chris Pine was Paramount’s choice to play Jack Ryan, but the film – reportedly entitled Moscow at one point – didn’t seem any closer to happening. However, there’s now been some movement.

Kenneth Branagh, hot off the success of Thor, has reportedly been hired to direct the new film. And, according to the same reports, he’s set to take on the role of the villain of the movie too.

The film will still see Jack Ryan in Russia, and we’re no closer to knowing a release date for it. But it’s safe to conclude that, with a director and the two leads now on board, there’s a growing desire to get the film made.

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