Chris Pine isn’t afraid to take over established characters and give them his own twist. He first took on Captain James Tiberius Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot (of sorts) in 2009, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is next. If you’re unfamiliar with the character, Ryan has previously been at the center of The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears, with Pine set to make a turn as Ryan in the upcoming reboot Moscow.
Helming Moscow is Lost alumni Jack Bender, with Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Anthony Peckham tweaking the script. In the film, Pine will play Ryan as a young military operative who “goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot.” To find out what Pine had to say about the film and taking over yet another established character, hit the jump.
Pine recently sat down with Australia’s Herald-Sun Newspaper (via What’s Playing) to talk about Unstoppable, but briefly touched on Paramount’s Moscow. When asked about any hesitation taking over the role of Jack Ryan, Pine said:
“Look, at the end of the day, people will obviously prefer one version over the other, whether it be Alec Baldwin or Harrison Ford or Ben Affleck. I feel the same way about Star Trek – the only thing I can do is the best version of myself. I can only bring who I am to bear on the part and people either like that or not.”
When asked how he thinks audiences might receive his take on Jack Ryan, Pine seemed content to let the chips fall where they may, replying:
“Again, I don’t have much control over that, so all I can ask of myself is to do my best, try my hardest and to make sure that we have a really good story to tell, and then give it to the hands of fate.”
He also commented that he has not read the finished script yet, and the physicality of the role is up in the air. Personally, I think Pine will fill the role nicely. He has a lot of charisma that is evident even in his early work (cough, Carriers, cough), and clearly has no problem taking over established or iconic roles. I’m also excited to see Bender make his first venture into feature-film directing. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.