It seems that Paramount is taking a page out of 'The Avengers' notebook by casting Kevin Costner in not one, but two Tom Clancy adaptations as the same character. First up is the Kenneth Branagh Jack Ryan reboot, and then the Christopher McQuarrie adaptation of 'Without Remorse' -- the latter of which is eyeing Tom Hardy to lead.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Kevin Costner, at one point in his career, was one of the industry’s biggest stars. He excelled as a leading man, and won Oscars for his directorial efforts. Costner never fully disappeared from the scene, though his career arc slowed for a few years. Things, however, are about to get far more busy.
It's a tough role, but someone's got to take it. The still-untitled Jack Ryan reboot has its star (Chris Pine) and director/villain (Kenneth Branagh) in place, but it's missing the necessary love-interest character. Now we're hearing that it's between Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lilly.
Kenneth Branagh could be a busy man in the coming months. The highly regarded actor and director of 'Thor' might be working two shifts in his new gig -- not just as a director, but also as a star.
After director Jack Bender left the project to pursue more television, it looked like Paramount's Chris Pine-starring reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise (with the character previously played Harrison Ford in 'Clear and Present Danger', Alec Baldwin in 'The Hunt for Red October' and Ben Affleck in 'The Sum of All Fears) was on the ropes. Not so, as Kenneth Branagh is now in talks to helm the as yet untitled Ryan adventure, with a script being currently reworked by David Koepp ('Jurassic Park', 'Carlito's Way')
Paramount was hot to trot with Chris Pine post-'Star Trek.' Shortly after that film opened big, he was attached to be the next Jack Ryan as part of the Tom Clancy franchise that has currently spawned four entries and had three previous Ryans. But now the project is in major jeopardy.