Captain Kirk may step into CIA agent Jack Ryan’s shoes?

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Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan and James Earl Jones as Admiral Greer in the John McTiernan film The Hunt for Red October
Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan and James Earl Jones as Admiral Greer in the John McTiernan film The Hunt for Red October

Well, yes, according to a report on Variety, Chris Pine may be a part of a second Paramount franchise reboot. The studio is apparently in talks with Pine to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in the reboot of the franchise based on Tom Clancy’s novel series. The actor is expected to come aboard the new Jack Ryan film as the project takes shape.

Pine – who played Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot – is still expected to reprise his role in the sequel to that Paramount film as well.

Producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld are working with a script by Hossein Amini, which is based on an original concept, rather than a specific Clancy novel. They are still in heavy pre-production on the new Jack Ryan film and it is unclear whether Pine would make another Star Trek before taking the Ryan baton.

Pine is currently starring with Denzel Washington in the Tony Scott-directed thriller Unstoppable for Fox, and if things pan out, Pine would become the fourth actor to play reluctant CIA operative Ryan. Alec Baldwin originated the character in the 1990 submarine thriller The Hunt for Red October, then Harrison Ford donned the ‘flag’ in the 1992 film Patriot Games, as well as 1994’s Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck was the most recent Jack Ryan, playing in a sort-of origin story; 2002’s The Sum of All Fears.

Pine is circling yet another Paramount project as well: director D.J. Caruso’s fact-based crime thriller, The Art of Making Money.