John Krasinski is ‘Jack Ryan’ in Amazon’s New Tom Clancy Series
Former Office star John Krasinski has been skewing closer to action hero than TV desk jockey in recent years, and the next mission will offer a merry mix of both. Krasinski will return to TV (ish), taking the title role of Amazon’s new Tom Clancy CIA drama Jack Ryan.
The show itself was confirmed back in September with a straight-to-series commitment under LOST showrunner Carlton Cuse, while Deadline now reports Krasinski has secured the role. Now likely to be given an official greenlight, the series reunites the LOST duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, pairing with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV.
The new series won’t follow any specific Jack Ryan book, but rather spotlight a contemporary take on the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative, drawing liberally from Clancy’s source material. 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.
The series lacks a formal greenlight, but would a John Krasinski Jack Ryan help put Amazon dramas further on the map?