Chris Pine Signs on to Play Tom Clancy Character Jack Ryan

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Twenty-nine-year-old Chris Pine has some big shoes to fill. Not only did he take over William Shatner's portrayal of Captain Kirk in the latest Star Trek installment, but he's also signed up to portray Jack Ryan -- the role made famous by Harrison Ford.

Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan (via ScreenRant.com)
Jack Ryan is a character involved in the CIA (and who ultimately becomes US President) dreamed up by writer Tom Clancy for a series of noteworthy books and films. Alec Baldwin played him in The Hunt for Red October, while Ford took over for Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Eight years later, Ben Affleck took the role in The Sum of All Fears.

According to People, the president of Paramount issued the following statement: "Tom Clancy created an unforgettable character with Jack Ryan. With Chris in this role, we've taken our first step in creating a re-boot that lives up to the successful lineage of the franchise."

Congrats to Chris!

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