Chris Pine owned Star Trek. He came out of nowhere with his performance as the arrogant but extremely likeable James T. Kirk. He threw out lines like nothing, pulled off the comedy (both physical and dialogue-driven), and more importantly was able to own the role of an iconic sci-fi action hero with seemingly little effort. Now all that remains to be seen is whether or not that talent will translate to something else.

Paramount is reportedly looking to sign Chris Pine as the new Jack Ryan in its new adaptation of the Tom Clancy series. According to Variety,Pine is in negotiations for the part. The CIA agent has been played the likes of Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford in films like The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears. While not exactly an American 007, Jack Ryan is a somewhat seminal character in American film and popular fiction. He’s not the icon Jim Kirk is, but it’ll be interesting to see how Pine handles another legacy franchise.

At the end of the day, the Jack Ryan franchise will definitely gain more from Chris Pine’s involvement than Chris Pine will. Sure, he’ll get the notoriety of starring in a major movie franchise that will eventually pick up a talented director to help guide him. But he has that already, right? Tom Clancy’s series, on the other hand, will likely be revived by a hip, talented young actor, a guy who somehow revived the Star Trek series, a franchise that hasn’t been cool in years, if ever. Step aside, Affleck. The real Jack Ryan is here.

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