Chris Pine Talks Jack Ryan Reboot MOSCOW

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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.

Chris_Pine_image (1)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.

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  • Wolstenholme

    Harrison Ford was the best, Affleck the worst…I’m okay with Chris Pine but I feel like the story blows

  • Matt

    All the prior Ryans were acceptable, but I expect Pine will be fine.

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  • JazzK

    Pine should be great in this. He’s proven he has a strong screen presence – a charisma that seems to have both visceral and cerebral qualities. Jack Ryan needs this combo since he is not primarily an action man, but more like a 70s lead character – a man who finds himself in physical situations and deals with them very well, thanks to his being an ex-Marine. This could be very interesting.

  • MonsterKilledThePilot

    I’m so excited to see Jack Bender involved.

  • Robotpo

    Baldwin was the best, (and “Hunt for Red October” the only truly good Ryan movie), Ford was mediocre, (but bored), and Affleck has the charisma of fungus. Have no hope for Pine, who seems to be ripping off Harrison’s career, as he played Kirk 2.0 basically as a bad Han Solo impersonation, and he’ll doubtless play Ryan 4.0 as a bad Jack Ryan impersonation.

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  • keachick

    I think that Chris will be great as Jack Ryan. Chris is ripping off no one’s career (as if you could). He is forging his own. Chris played the character of a young James Kirk very well and by the end of the movie, I really felt that the captain of the USS Enterprise that I had always known and loved had returned. (I saw the original Star Trek series on television as a small child and have loved it ever since)

    How can anyone play a Jack Ryan impersonation? LOL In the Hunt for Red October, I had to ask who Jack Ryan was. That’s how much of an impact Baldwin’s Ryan made on me. It was the Russian captain (played by Sean Connery) and his first officer (played by Sam Neill) who really caught my attention and made the movie memorable for me.

    I suspect that Chris Pine will make Jack Ryan memorable, along with any other major characters that the Moscow movie will no doubt have.

  • keachick

    I think that Chris will be great as Jack Ryan. He is ripping of no one’s career (as if you could). He is forging his own. Chris played a young James Kirk very well, and by the end of the movie, I really felt that the captain of the USS Enterprise who I had always and loved had returned. I saw the original Star Trek series when I was a small child and have loved it ever since.

    How can anyone impersonate Jack Ryan, a fictional character? In the Hunt for Red October, I had to ask who Jack Ryan was. That’s how much of an impact Baldwin’s Ryan had on me. The Russian captain (played by Sean Connery) and his first officer (played by Sam Neill) were the people who made the film memorable for me.

    I suspect that Chris Pine will make Jack Ryan memorable, in spite of the Moscow movie having other major characters in it.

  • keachick

    How can I delete the second post? I thought that it had not gone through, so I retyped it.

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  • maverick

    Chris Pine is a great choice. An all American hero-type, that comes across as smart, and can handle himself in an action scene. Totally charismatic and really not bad as an actor. More than compensates for Ben Affleck’s tin man style of acting.

    BTW bit unfair bashing on his Captain Kirk, Robotpo. Loved his take on it and pretty much everyone I talked to did – even the diehard Trekkies.

    Have to agree with the proposed plot of Moscow though, Wolstenholme. Why the hell can’t Hollywood just stick to Clancy’s novels? Sure they may have to be updated slightly due to the time period, but Clancy is brilliant and Hollywood just can’t seem to help themselves with reinventing a character -and more often than not with no success. If it aint broke don’t fix it.

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