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.

Variety is reporting that Branagh is in negotiations with Paramount over the Jack Ryan reboot that has been floating around for a few months now. After Ben Affleck managed to kill the franchise, a reboot with 'Star Trek' star Chris Pine has been in the works.

Branagh is being asked to direct the reboot, where Ryan is "an ex-Marine who works as a successful financial analyst in Moscow. He discovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy, and must race against time to save America and his wife."

Branagh would not only direct, but is now in talks to play the Russian villain plotting to destroy America's economy and make the dollar worthless, which isn't that big of a villainous deal if the Russians were actually paying attention to what Wall Street has been doing to this country over the last few years.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura will be producing. Branagh hasn't left the world of super heroes entirely. He'll be a producer on the recently announced sequel, 'Thor: The Dark World.'