Sunday, 20 October 2013

"You not just an analyst any more Jack... you're operational now."

Paramount Studios have released their first trailer and one sheet for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.





As if to respectfully mark the death of his creator, Jack Ryan's pensive face adorns the first one sheet for his espionage origins outing. Tom Clancy may have passed away but his famous CIA analyst, a former naval office who battles drug barons, rogue Republicans and Sean Connery's Lithuanian accent in his many screen incarnations, lives on in a reboot that hands the Langley security pass to Chris Pine (Star Trek).

Shadow Recruit, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh, is a reboot of Ryan's origin story that sees Pine inheriting the mantle from Alec Baldwin (The Hunt For Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum Of All Fears).

In this one, despite his relative youth, Jack Ryan is an established CIA covert analyst who discovers a sneaky Russian plot (by Branagh's Viktor Cherevin) to crash the U.S. economy. Naturally, stopping the evil plan won't happen by sitting behind a desk watching the stock market figures.

Add to the mix his mentor, William Harper (Kevin Costner) trying to help him stay alive, and his relationship with wife Cathy (Keira Knightley) and you've got the makings of a full on Ryan cocktail. From the looks of this first promo, Branagh and his team (including writer Adam Cozad tackling Tom Clancy's most famous character) are clearly looking to the likes of Bourne and the modern Bond for this one.





With David Paymer (Drag Me To Hell), Colm Feore (Thor) and Nonso Anozie (The Grey) among the cast, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is out in the UK on 26 December.

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