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Last fall it was announced that Jack Ryan, the Tom Clancy created hero that has seen a steady decline from the heydey of “The Hunt For Red October,” “Patriot Games,” “Clear And Present Danger,” to the the nadir of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” was going to be revived. We all just told our Dads, moved on, and forgot about it, but indeed, it’s still happening.
Jim from “The Office” aka John Krasinski has been tapped to play the CIA analyst in “Jack Ryan.” It might seem like an odd choice, but Michael Bay is among the series producers, and he cast the actor in his recent “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi,” so there you go. Also shepherding the show is “Lost” pair Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland.
Rather than focus on Jack Ryan as a newbie, like ‘Shadow Recruit’ did, “Jack Ryan” will roll with the character in his prime, and will use the novels as source material.
Amazon has snapped up the project, which is expected to go straight-to-series. Krasinski is certainly different from the previous actors who have inhabited the role — Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine — but perhaps could be exactly what this creaking franchise needs. [Deadline]