AceShowbiz - Meet the new Jack Ryan! John Krasinski has landed the title role on Amazon's upcoming series based on Tom Clancy's novels, taking on the mantle that was last assumed by Chris Pine in Kenneth Branagh-directed "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit".
Co-created by "Lost" vets Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, the "Jack Ryan" series will not be a direct adaptation of Clancy's books, but has been billed as a contemporary take on the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative using the novels as source material. In the novels, Ryan trades his career as an investment broker for a job as a CIA operative before eventually becoming President of the United States.
While the project was initially developed with the intention to go straight to series, it has yet to receive a series order, Deadline notes. The casting of Krasinski will likely help the project score a series order.
For Krasinski, the "Jack Ryan" series will mark his first major TV role since his "The Office" stint ended in 2013. He has been focused on features in the past few years, most recently starring in Michael Bay's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi".
In other casting news, Elisabeth Moss has landed a role on Hulu's straight-to-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel "The Handmaid's Tale". She will portray Offred, one of the few remaining fertile women in a totalitarian society in the dystopian Gilead that has been plagued by environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate.
The drama follows the handmaid, who is enslaved by a society into sexual servitude in a last-ditch attempt to repopulate the world, as she navigates a repressive regime while searching for the daughter taken from her.
Bruce Miller created, writes and executive produces the drama series which is also executive produced by Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield. It is scheduled to go into production later this year for a 2017 premiere.