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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Paramount has spent a couple years trying to engineer a new film based on Tom Clancy‘s character Jack Ryan, previously seen in films like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games, where he was played by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, respectively.

Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War) has been attached to play Ryan for quite some time, but the project has gone through a parade of writers, and even with director Jack Bender (Lost) attached, couldn’t quite get moving.

Bender left the project recently, which left us wondering if it was going to go the way of the Cold War. But now Kenneth Branagh, who last worked with Paramount and Marvel Studios on Thor, is in talks to direct the new Jack Ryan film. Read More »

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