The official trailer has been released for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, not long after the sad news of author Tom Clancy’s death. The character of Jack Ryan has been portrayed by Alec Baldwin in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), and Ben Affleck in the 2002 film The Sum of All Fears. Chris Pine takes on the role this time round, with Kenneth Branagh attached as both director and as the villain. An impressive supporting cast includes Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. It’s all pretty professional, albeit a little too generic. Hopefully the film has much more to offer.
Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan” is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.
The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley).
ETA: USA – 25 December, 2013.