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George Clooney Wants to Play Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan?

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July 6, 2009
Source: The Daily Beast

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Buried within the depths of Kim Masters' article on The Daily Beast (via Thompson on Hollywood) about George Clooney moving his production company from Warner Brothers to Sony is this little nugget: "Clooney also appears to be looking for his next commercial opportunity now that the Ocean’s franchise seems to be played out. A source says he expressed interest in playing Jack Ryan when and if Paramount attempts to revive the Tom Clancy series." Last December, Paramount announced that Oscar nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini had been hired to write a screenplay for a new Jack Ryan movie. Could it be?

Ben Affleck was the last actor to play Jack Ryan before Harrison Ford. But The Sum of All Fears came out years ago (in 2002) and its time to move on. The Jack Ryan character, created by Tom Clancy first for the novel The Hunt for Red October in 1984, is very similar to James Bond in that it doesn't matter how old or young he is, he can be written into any spy story. Masters' says, "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." And like Harrison Ford, who was also 50 when he played Jack Ryan, Clooney is interested in the role.

To be honest, I think it would be a good fit. I love Clooney and love seeing him branch out as well. Jumping into a franchise role like this could be exactly what he needs. Beyond that, we don't know anything about the story or how this version of Jack Ryan is going to be written, so it's hard to tell if he'd be a good fit just based on a character name. But I will say if he does get cast as Jack Ryan, I will be looking forward to seeing him star. It could be a very exciting new franchise. Do you think Clooney would be a good Jack Ryan?

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  • James
    Definitely could see Clooney as Jack Ryan. Perhaps they could base the new movie off of one of the Jack Ryan books that haven't been adapted yet. Say Red Rabbit or The Cardinal of the Kremlin. They may have to be somewhat changed to fit today's geo-political setting, or if the series is, dare I say it, rebooted, then it wouldn't be necessary.
  • OCP
    I actually liked Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan and would like to see him do more but I could also see Clooney play the role well to.
  • Xerxex
    cool would love to see Clooney as Ryan!
  • Cody
    Wow that would fit him perfectly...look forward to it.
  • Blue Silver
    Nothing beats Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, NOTHING!
  • http://www.thespeculative.com Marty Martin
    Ryan Gosling is already signed on as the new Jack Ryan.
  • jman571
    Yeah there's so many great Clancy novels just waiting to be made into movies. Would love to see Without Remorse actually, where we get a kick ass John Clark origin story. But actually, especially with all this anti-environmentalist backlash today, I wouldn't be surprised to see Rainbow Six being made.
  • http://www.websbestcomics.com Scott Reed
    After seeing Ford fist fighting a giant russian in Indy 4, I'd think he could STILL do another of these movie also.
  • w00t!!!
    Why would Clooney want to be someone who protects and serves his country? Clancy would flip. His a jerk to fans right along someone like Clooney playing one of his characters.
  • Matt Suhu
    Clooney would be a more appealing Jack Ryan because hopefully he would probably lean his character to do more action scenes.
  • Cajun_Mike
    You've got to be kidding. NO WAY THIS LIBERAL PANTY WAIST should ever be considered for the role of Jack Ryan. Clooney is the president of the Blame America first crowd and has done nothing but show disdain for our troops who are in harms way.
  • ThaExecutor3175
    Personally, Clooney would be a good fit to another character in the Tom Clancy universe....Sam Fisher. However, the games are movies in themselves so we know this isn't going to happen... and yet they share some slight resemblance..Makes you wonder...
  • DRISC87
    I would fuckin love to see Clooney in any one of clancys books. If he wants to play jack ryan i mean hes perfect for the role but i think he is born to play the role of Sam Fisher in his older years. We have never seen Clooney in a real action flick by himself i hope that if Splinter Cell is made into a movie they make with him and only him.
  • Shige
    Some people here have real hard time separating real life from movies.
  • 3dp
    go jack go sorry i meant george never thought about it until now but he'd do just fine of the books my personal fave is executive orders which when i firsst read it on a vacation i'd had harrisison ford doing the jack voiceovers in my head but i'm sure george can do
  • samm2
    #12 :O you are right. It never occurred to me, but now that you've mentioned it, Sam Fisher does look like him.
  • Cody
    Yeah weird you said that #12 was thinking the exact same thing...Also a teaser for a Splinter cell movie came out like 3 years ago I wonder where the hell that is.
  • gohikeone
    Clooney ruled in The Peacemaker...I still love that movie today! A Broken Arrow/Peacemaker double feature is always a welcome showing.
  • David Banner
    I'm fine with George Clooney as the next Jack Ryan, as long as " Return of the Killer Tomatoes! " is playing on a TV, in a scene in the next Jack Ryan flick.... Why can't/wont Harrison Ford reprise his role?
  • rob
    he needs to be thinking about acting as sam fisher in the splinter cell movie
  • http://www.shutiggyup.com shutiggyup.com
    Nah. Clancy and his Ryan alter-ego character are patriots. As a typical left-wing Hollywood moonbat, Clooney would never look right playing the part.

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