Don’t Know Jack (Ryan)? Ryan Gosling Might!

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:55 pm,

gosling Dont Know Jack (Ryan)? Ryan Gosling Might!It seems that Ryan Gosling might be taking over the role of Jack Ryan in By Any Means Necessary, the latest film in the franchise that originated in the Tom Clancy novels. Apparently he is in negotiations to take over the role in the Paramount Pictures produced series.

Gosling would follow in the very large footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

City Of God director Fernando Meirelles is currently top of the list to direct the film.

I really enjoy the Jack Ryan films, and I always look forward to a new one.
However, I will be honest and say that I don’t like the books. I read Patriot Games several years ago, and I thought that it was a terrible piece of literature. As an Irish man brought up in the “troubles” (if you don’t know what the “troubles” are google them- this ain’t a history lesson and it’s far too controversial to get into here) I thought that the book was not only naive but very poorly researched, badly written and offensive. In fact, it was one of the worst books that I’ve ever read- and I’ve read quite a few terrible books.

I do think that the Ryan films are a well balanced series, that offer action and work the brain cells. I am disappointed that Affleck won’t be returning to the series. I’m a big Affleck supporter and I feel that he did well in The Sum of All Fears, in fact he was exceptional considering that he was following in Harrison Ford’s footsteps.

This new film is the first which won’t be based on a Clancy novel. This could be a good move, Apparently Clancy has a lot to say about the films and he hated Ford’s interpretation of the role.

I feel that Gosling may be a bit young for the role- Just as Peter Jackson (he allegedly fired him from The Lovely Bones for being too young) but if Fernando Meirelles does helm the film then it may just be a good entry in the series,

Stay tuned for more coverage.

Source: Moviehole

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  1. I don’t know much about Irish politics but I have to say that I’m a big fan of Tom Clancy’s novels. For the record I also thought that Harrison Ford was horribly miscast as Jack Ryan.

    My preference would have been for Alec Baldwin to continue in the role as I thought he perfectly personified Ryan in “The Hunt for Red October.”


  2. I liked Baldwin- but he was overshadowed by Connery “Shhailing into hishstory”


  3. LOL. :-) True… it’s hard to out-screen-presence Connery.


  4. I still think Brandon Routh would make a good Ryan. Although…something tells me we’ll be seeing ALOT of MAN OF STEEL news…soon…

  5. As a fan of Clancy’s novels, I have to say I’ve got mixed feelings about this new movie. By moving away from the books, they open up new possibilities, and are better able to keep Ryan in the action directly. They also don’t have to worry about cropping more than half the book to make the story fit into the movie’s running time.

    On the other hand, while Clancy may be a little weak on the non-military details, he does write some entertaining, and complex stories, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what could be done with some of the other books on screen.

    In any case, I don’t know enough about this actor, or what he’s done, to comment on his casting. I’ll just have to wait and see how he does.

  6. Well there you go, SPOLIER ALERT looks like Darfur is the next Hot-Zone for
    Jack Ryan. Neato shirt, actor guy!
    I bet the next shirt we see him in is an Obama T,

    This guy DOSN’T look like Jack Ryan to me at all!
    He looks more like the dude I met the other day trying to get me to join Greenpeace. Or that guy Rob from Cloverfield. Kinda

  7. Flame, yeah… I love the complexity of Clancy’s novels. The fact that adults have told me how awesome the Harry Potter books are slay me. I read the first one and compared to Clancy and Grisham it was like reading a Hardy Boys story.


  8. God yes to Meirelles. But Gosling? Sorry Ryan, but I have a very hard time envisioning you as…Ryan…you know what I mean!

    Not surprised in the least that Paramount is making another JACK RYAN film. Quality not withstanding, the series has always been a reliable money-maker for them. But doing a second “re-boot” is…iffy at best.

    Something tells me if GIGLI has nothing come along, we’d have already seen RED RABBIT a few years back with Affleck as Ryan again. If you’ll remember, Clancy re-wrote that book to center around a “young Jack Ryan” after he saw THE SUM OF ALL FEARS and dug the Hell outta Affleck’s performance.