Jack Ryan Series Sets John Krasinski to Star

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John Krasinski will headline Amazon's Jack Ryan series.

Actor and director John Krasinski has taken the title role in Amazon’s upcoming Jack Ryan series

As announced late last year, Amazon is moving forward with plans for a Jack Ryan series, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. Today, Deadline has a major update, reporting that The Office and 13 Hours star John Krasinski has taken the title role. 

The Jack Ryan series will reportedly show Ryan “in his prime” as a CIA operative, providing a new take from the films and using the various books from author Tom Clancy’s bibliography as a jumping off point for a contemporary narrative.

Writer Graham Roland will executive produce the series along with Lost‘s Carlton Cuse and Lindsey Springer of Carlton Cuse Productions. In addition, Platinum Dunes co-founders Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will executive produce the Jack Ryan series with Mace Neufeld, who produced all five films based on the Ryan character.

Jack Ryan made his literary debut with the 1984 novel The Hunt for Red October and has gone on to appear in countless Clancy novels. The character has appeared in five feature films since the 1990 adaptation of Red October, with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine all having taken on the role. The most recent film, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, was released in early 2014 and brought in $135.5 worldwide.

John Krasinksi can be seen coming up in The Hollars, which also marks his second feature film as a director following his 2009 David Foster Wallace adaptation, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. CS recently spoke with Krasinski at the 13 Hours press junket in Miami and you can check out the video interview right here.

You can also check out our previously-published Origins and Evolutions piece on the character of Jack Ryan in the gallery below!

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