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JACK RYAN - SHADOW RECRUIT: UPCOMING

It sounds simple enough: Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. But it’s a Kenneth Branagh film … who he, you ask? The English actor who once trod the stage as the Dutch Prince Hamlet. This is likely to be quite … well, Shakespearean, perhaps. (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens January 16, 2014)

Look at the cast: Branagh himself, along with that English rose of the screen, Keira Knightley, London charmer Gemma Chan, Himalayan born, Canada & UK bred Karen David – and the indefatigable Kevin Costner, who is edging close to venerable veteran character actor status. And then there is the exotic looking but very English sounding Nonso Anozie (none so striking to look at as he!). These casting decisions suggest the film aspires to some serious characterisations.

Chris Pine is all Hollywood, of course, and author Tom Clancy’s popular creation, Jack Ryan comes to us with a history almost as ‘useful’ as James Bond. (Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print.) Ryan’s world is fleshed out with technical and military detail from Clancy’s well of knowledge, but it will be a Branagh film, with Hollywood polish and English class.

This is a sponsored post but opinions are my own. Andrew L. Urban

Published December 22, 2013

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