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Star Trek’s Captain Kirk Chris Pine is about to take over another famous movie character. Late last night it was confirmed that Pine has been picked for a different Paramount franchise, playing the Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan, the CIA analyst at the heart of four previous feature films. Also, in other Star Trek cast member news, John Cho’s FlashForward has been signed for a full season at ABC.
Chris Pine is Jack Ryan
CIA analyst Jack Ryan is the main character in a dozen techno-espionage thriller novels by Tom Clancy. Paramount began the ‘Ryan’ film franchise in 1990 with The Hunt for Red October, starring Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford stepped into the role for Patriot Games in 1992 and Clear and Present Danger in 1994. The latest film was The Sum of All Fears in 2002, with Ben Affleck in the Ryan role. It is not known which Clancy novel (if any) will be used for the next film in the franchise.
Paramount’s Jack Ryan Franchise
This latest bit of cast news is a clear indication that Chris Pine is on his way to the Hollywood’s A-List of movie stars.In a statement to Variety, Paramount President Adam Goodman said
Tom Clancy created an unforgettable character with Jack Ryan. With Chris in this role, we’ve taken our first step in creating a re-boot that lives up to the successful lineage of the franchise.
Paramount clearly have a lot of faith in the 29 year-old actor. According to Variety, Pine is still in talks with Paramount for the DJ Caruso film The Art of Making money which we reported two days ago.
It is not known when the next Ryan film will go into production, but if it is in 2010 following Pine’s work on The Art of Making Money, it is yet another indication that the next Star Trek movie may not be shot next year.
Cho’s FlashFoward Gets Full Season
Chris Pine isn’t the only Star Trek cast member who is getting more work. Star Trek’s new Sulu, John Cho, who is one of the main cast members for the ABC show FlashForward, has also locked in more work. Yesterday Variety reported that ABC has picked up the show for a full season with an order of 25 total episodes. The series is getting good ratings and if things keep going well, will likely get a 2nd season.
John Cho in FlashForward
As noted in previous articles, all the main cast members for the Star Trek film have signed on for options for two additional films. However, that does not mean they can break any other commitments they sign on to when Paramount calls. If a Star Trek sequel went into production in 2010 and it didn’t fall into the hiatus between seasons, then ABC and Paramount would have to find a way to get Cho onto Trek.
Jack Ryan collection
If you want to catch up on your Jack Ryan, you can buy all four films in a single collection at Amazon, selling for just $25.