The actor will play William Harper, a loyal patriot who recruits and mentors both Jack Ryan and John Kelly, who becomes CIA operative John Clark in Without Remorse. Paramount is backing both projects, which each have the potential to launch their own franchises.
Kenneth Branagh is directing the Untitled Jack Ryan Project and playing the villain, with Keira Knightley in talks to portray the female lead, Jack Ryan's wife. David Koepp rewrote the original script by Adam Cozad. Production is slated to begin next month.
Without Remorse isn't quite as far along as the Jack Ryan movie. We reported earlier this month that Christopher McQuarrie is reworking the script. It is possible that he may direct also, although that has not been confirmed.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was released January 17th, 2014 and stars Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Alec Utgoff, Peter Andersson, Elena Velikanova. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh.