Chris Pine Is The New Jack Ryan

Having become the younger face of one of sci-fi’s most famous characters, rising actor Chris Pine is about to do the same for one of the political thriller genre’s most well-known heroes.

The “Star Trek” star is in negotiations to play Tom Clancy’s eponymous hero, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, in the reboot of that film series for Paramount Pictures reports Variety.

The project is still in the early stages with Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld working with a script draft by Hossein Amini, based on an original concept rather than on one of Clancy’s pre-existing novels.

Though Pine is expected to become involved as the film takes shape, it’s likely he’ll shoot the “Star Trek” sequel before segueing into the Ryan role. Pine will be the fourth actor to take on the role in a series which has been a consistent earner for the studio.

Alec Baldwin originated Ryan in 1990’s highly acclaimed international hit “The Hunt for Red October”. Harrison Ford played Ryan in both 1992’s “Patriot Games” and 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger”.

Though 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears” is considered the weakest of the four films, it was one of the first notable attempts at the now common ‘reboot’ idea, in that case it ignored the previous three films and reset Ryan back to being a young analyst played by Ben Affleck.

Pine is currently filming the Denzel Washington-led, Tony Scott-directed action thriller “Unstoppable” for Fox.