John Krasinski’s Jack Ryan Series Is Coming to Amazon
John Krasinski is coming back to television, but don’t expect to see him play another Jim Halpert-type desk jockey.
According to Deadline, Amazon has greenlit Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, which stars the former Office actor as the famed CIA agent. The upcoming drama received a 10-episode, straight-to-series order from the digital video streaming service.
Krasinski is now the fifth actor to take on the role of Tom Clancy’s popular spy character and the first to portray him on a TV series.
Jack Ryan made his big screen debut in 1990’s The Hunt For Red October, starring Alec Baldwin. Harrison Ford took over as Ryan in 1992’s Patriot Games and 1994’s Clear and Present Danger, before Ben Affleck was chosen to play the character in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears. The hero was most recently played by Chris Pine in 2013’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Although Krasinski made a name for himself by pulling pranks on Dwight Schrute over the years, the Massachusetts native shouldn’t have a problem in an action-movie setting.
The actor recently got super buff for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, where he played a jacked former Navy SEAL. Krasinski has some on screen spy experience as well thanks to The Office‘s Michael Scott and his hilarious homemade action movie “Threat Level Midnight.”
Thankfully, Krasinski won’t have to wear any gold paint for his next espionage-filled project. Deadline describes his character as a serious, “up-and-coming CIA analyst” who discovers a new terrorism threat facing the world.
Co-produced by Paramount TV and Skydance TV, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is set to shoot in Africa, Europe, and the U.S. It’s executive produced by former Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, who is a former member of the U.S. Marines.
Michael Bay will also serve as an executive producer on the series, which reunites the director with Krasinski after the pair worked together on 13 Hours.