Jack Ryan Director Kenneth Branagh to Double as Movie's Villain
07.20.12 by Ryan
After hiring director Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) in March to replace the departing
Jack Bender (Lost) on the Untitled Jack Ryan Movie — Bender exited the project to work on a SyFy pilot of all things — Paramount has finally found the actor to portray the movie's villain: director Kenneth Branagh.
Variety reports the studio is in negotiations for Branagh to not only direct the movie but play the main adversary for young CIA analyst Jack Ryan, played by Chris Pine. He will be fourth actor to play the Tom Clancy-created Ryan since the franchise began with 1990's The Hunt For Red October. Ben Affleck last played the character in 2002's The Sum of All Fears.
The untitled movie will go back to the character's roots with ex-Marine Ryan working as a successful financial analyst in Moscow. There, he finds a plot to finance a terrorist attack masterminded by his own employer. Branagh will play a Russian villain who hopes to crush the U.S. economy by making the dollar worthless. If recent events are any guide, all Branagh's character will have to do is facilitate the quick and easy sale of subprime mortgages, but there's perhaps more to it than that.
The Jack Ryan movie will be Branagh's first directorial project since last year's Thor, but Branagh declined to direct the sequel, Thor: The Dark World, because he felt that he would have to "get back in the saddle so swiftly that it wasn't really feasible." Production on The Dark World is set to begin in August, while there's no confirmation when Jack Ryan will begin.