This is a little casting rumor that I think could work if proven true. If you grew up during the nineties or are a fan of old school suspense thrillers with heavy political undertones, you’re probably a familiar with the infamous “Jack Ryan” movies. Ryan was the main character featured in a series of novels written by author Tom Clancy. Some of his most well known film adaptations include The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears. Paramount has been looking to revamp the franchise and sources are stating that Oscar winner George Clooney may be interested in filling the shoes of the well known hero.
According to IGN, Clooney is looking for another blockbuster vehicle to star in since his Ocean’s Eleven franchise has run it’s course. According to their source, “Clooney seems to recognize that at this time in the world and this time in his life (he’s pushing 50), it’s time for some commercial maintenance.” As we reported late last year, Paramount has been looking to revive the dormant franchise and update it for a newer generation. The Jack Ryan series has seen many famous faces come and go, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck being the last in 2002.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Clooney would be the best choice for the film if it’s an origin story. If they stick with regular, middle-aged Ryan sure, but not if their trying to amp him up for the MTV generation. According to sources the studio is looking for a younger actor to play the character, and the story is “not derived from Clancy’s novels.” Clooney has a lot of star power, but not enough to turn back the hands of time. Even though I could definitely see the actor in that role, I don’t think he’s right for something so “youth centered.” Some of the younger actors mentioned for the new project include Ryan Gosling and James Franco.
Am I the only one who thinks it’s amazing that both Jack Ryan and James Bond have aged in reverse? Just an observation.
What would you think about Clooney stepping into Ryan’s shoes? Who should play the younger version of the character in the origin film?