On October 25th 2012 I found myself sitting in The White Horse pub watching a monitor showing Chris Pine run through the misty rain into a financial building. While the sequence in Jack Ryan is supposed to take place in the brand-new financial center in Moscow, Russia (a clue to the film’s antagonist) it was being filmed in Liverpool, England.

Producers have been trying to restart the franchise, based on the character novelist Tom Clancy created in books like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games, for nine years. Taking a cue from the recent James Bond films, Jack Ryan is an origin story — a pre-boot set in the now. 9/11 has taken place, and is a huge motivator for our hero. The following is the beginning of what I learned about the film from co-star Kevin Costner and director Kenneth Branagh, fresh from Thor.

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Don’t get your hopes up for something crazy, but Paramount has released the first official still from the Tom Clancy adaptation, Jack Ryan. Starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film is the latest addition into the political thriller series that began in 1990 with The Hunt for Red October starring Alec Baldwin, continued with Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger and, most recently, featured Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears.

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After a couple years of trying to get the film together, Paramount finally has a loose release window for Jack Ryan, the latest film to adapt the character from Tom Clancy novels such as The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games, and the first to feature Chris Pine as a younger version of the character. (He’s the fourth actor to play Ryan, following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.) The studio waited to move forward until Pine was done with the Star Trek sequel, and will be able to get the new Ryan movie shooting soon.

Update: Paramount set a release date of December 25th, 2013 for Jack Ryan, confirming a strong sense of enthusiasm for the picture. We’ll see if that changes if the late Dec. release for Jack Reacher, clearly hoping to replicate the success of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, doesn’t work this year. Original article follows after the break.

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Kevin Costner‘s talks with Paramount for the Jack Ryan reboot haven’t just progressed, they’ve expanded. Earlier this month, we got word that the studio was courting Costner for a “co-lead” as the mentor to Ryan (Chris Pine) in the Tom Clancy reboot. Now it appears Costner’s involvement won’t stop there. The character is also expected to appear in the spinoff Without Remorse, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and may even wind up getting his own film down the line.

That makes Costner the first star tentatively attached to Without Remorse, though we can expect more news soon. Paramount and McQuarrie have started looking for a leading man, and they’ve got their eyes on Pine’s This Means War co-star Tom Hardy. More about Costner and Hardy after the jump.

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Keira Knightley Lands Female Lead in Jack Ryan Reboot

Really, any of the women on Paramount’s shortlist for the female lead in their Jack Ryan prequel could’ve made for a fine choice. But director Kenneth Branagh had to narrow down the options sooner or later, and the one he’s going with is Keira Knightley.

The Brit actress has just entered talks to star as Jack Ryan’s wife, a role previously portrayed by Anne Archer, Gates McFadden, and Bridget Moynahan in previous installments of the franchise. Knightley joins Chris Pine, who’s long been attached to play the lead role, and Branagh, who in addition to directing will also star as the villain. More details after the jump.

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For a while we had hopes that Kevin Costner would make his career comeback with an attention-grabbing turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, until scheduling issues sadly forced him to turn down the gig. But no matter: It looks like Costner’s been keeping plenty busy getting back on top even without that part. He’s just coming off of an Emmy-nominated turn in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and has supporting role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel due out next year.

Now he’s looking for his next move beyond that, and a couple of intriguing options have just popped up on the radar. Costner is reportedly being courted for Paramount’s Jack Ryan reboot, as well as the Luc Besson-produced Three Days to Kill. More details after the jump.

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Paramount’s Jack Ryan reboot has had its share of false starts, but the fact that it’s finally begun casting in earnest can only be a positive sign. Chris Pine‘s been attached to play the beloved Tom Clancy creation for years, but he’s been all alone in the spotlight.

That changed a few weeks ago when director Kenneth Branagh (who got the helming gig back in March) cast himself as the villain, and now he’s narrowing down the possibilities for the female lead role as well. On that short list are Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, and Evangeline Lilly. More after the jump.

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Paramount’s had a bit of trouble getting its Jack Ryan reboot off the ground, and things looked especially dire a few months ago when director Jack Bender exited the project after months or perhaps even years stuck in development hell. But the movie quickly bounced back with a new director in the form of Kenneth Branagh, and now it’s moving on into casting.

And for the first addition to its cast (aside from lead Chris Pine, of course, who’s been attached for years), the studio’s looking right under its nose. Branagh himself is said to be in talks to star in the film, in the key role of the villain. More details after the jump.

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