"Star Trek" star Chris Pine appears to have lined up another new job this week, in addition to nailing down a starring role in D.J Caruso's "The Art of Making Money." Pine has already reshaped William Shatner's role as James T. Kirk in the "Star Trek" franchise. Now it looks like he'll be stepping into the shoes previously worn by Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck as Tom Clancy's hard-nosed CIA analyst Jack Ryan. Pine's name floated out as the potential leading man to revamp Clancy's novels, such as "Patriot Games" and "The Sum of All Fears" for new releases, and Paramount has now confirmed his status as their pick.
"Tom Clancy created an unforgettable character with Jack Ryan," Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman said in a statement, according to Variety. "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."
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld are reportedly developing a script drafted by Hossein Amini. What that film will be and whether or not Pine begin work on that before making his "Star Trek" follow-up remains to be seen. Di Bonaventura had previously told MTV that speculated pick George Clooney was out of the running because he's too old for the part.
As talks are ongoing, it's unclear how official this move is, but for Paramount to publicly welcome Pine, things must be pretty far along.
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