John Krasinski’s Amazon ‘Jack Ryan’ Adds a ‘Wire’ Vet
Who, you ask, will join buff John Krasinski and Abbie Cornish for Amazon’s Jack Ryan prequel series? Why, a trio of newcomers, foremost among them The Wire vet Wendell Pierce. Wouldn’t you like to see The Bunk bossing around Jim Halpert?
Per Deadline, Pierce will take the regular role of Ryan’s boss James Greer, described as “a highly successful case officer working in the CIA Directorate of Operations.” Additionally, Ali Suliman will play charismatic Islamic activist Suleiman, while Dina Shihabi will play Hani, Suleiman’s wife and an independent Muslim looking to protect her children.
Spotlighting a contemporary (and funnier!) take on Ryan in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative, So reads the official synopsis:
The drama follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, The Strain) and Graham Roland (Almost Human) penned the script and developed the project together.
The drama is a co-production between Paramount Television and Skydance Television. Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form exec produce alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross with Mace Neufeld and Lindsey Springer also on board.
Over the years, Ryan has been portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990's The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in 1992's Patriot Games and 1994's Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in 2002's The Sum of All Fears, and most recently by Star Trek star Chris Pine for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
We’ll see what other notable names surfaces in the new Jack Ryan, but how does it look so far?