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Keira Knightley Fights Off The Competition and Lands Lead in Jack Ryan

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 08/10/2012

Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley Fights Off The Competition and Lands Lead in Jack Ryan

Chris Pine has got his girl! After Keira Knightley vowed to stay away from big budget films after the stress run in Pirates, she has had a change of heart, fighting for the role of Dr. Caroline in Jack Ryan.

 

The 27 year old actress from Teddington, London, England fought hard to beat out Evangeline Lilly and Felicity Jones for the role of wife of the leading man Chris Pine.

 

Chris Pine will play the Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan, which has previously appeared in the novel-to-screen adaptations The Hunt for Red OctoberPatriot GamesClear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears.

Producer Mace Neufeld said of the franchise, We pick him up when he’s on Wall Street,” he said. “…[but] the Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They’re kind of ‘thinking man’s thrillers.’ Jack is referred to as a ‘water-walker’ because of his ability to jump ahead to conclusions. That’s very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that’s how we want to portray him. He’s a teacher. He’s a historian. He’s a linguist. And he’s really smart.”

For me this is a complete shocker, I thought Keira was out of the $100m dollar budget game, but I’m glad to see her bak, because the truth is, she’s not just a pretty face, she can flat out act.

The wonderful Kenneth Branagh will direct the thriller penned by David Koepp. What week for the franchise that already added Kevin Costner as Ryan’s (Chris Pine) Mentor. Brilliant casting choices here. I can’t wait to see this new installment.

 

 


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