George Clooney Doesn’t Know Jack – Ryan That Is!

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A new Jack Ryan film has been kicking about the Paramount studio lot since the release of 2002′s The Sum of All Fears. Numerous names have been mentioned in conjunction with the Tom Clancy-created character, who has previously been portrayed on screen by Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck.

The last person who was in the frame for the next Ryan flick was George Clooney, but the producer of the forthcoming film, Lorenzeo Di Bonaventura says that the film isn’t suited to a man of Clooney’s age.

When speaking to MTV, the producer of Transformers and G.I. Joe gave an update on the project that rules out Clooney’s involvement.

Di Bonaventura said:

“We submitted a script to Paramount recently. It was well-received and it’s in the process. It’s for a young Jack Ryan. I love George, but it’s not written for a man of his age. It’s written for a guy in his early 30s.”

Now, this news isn’t a huge surprise because Paramount have been looking to reboot the political action thriller series with a younger actor for sometime. However, there was a possibility that Clooney’s interest in the project might sway the studio to tailor the film to suit the actor. The Ryan films have always been more successful at the domestic box office, though Clooney’s international appeal may have helped open the film up to new revenue streams abroad.

It’s interesting that the studio still wants to go with a lead in his “early thirties” as there are few actors in that age bracket who can open a film like this. I thought that Clooney was a great choice – he was very good as a Jack Ryan-esque character in 1997′s The Peacemaker and although he’s now in his late forties, he’d still be good in the role.

I can only imagine that Di Bonaventura might knock on the door of his G.I. Joe hero Channing Tatum or that Paramount might approach their Star Trek star Chris Pine.

It’ll be interesting to see who finally steps into Ryan’s shoes, but they shouldn’t get too comfortable as the character has so far been played by three actors in only four films.

Who do you think would make the perfect Jack Ryan?

Source: MTV

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  1. I still don’t like the idea of a “younger” Jack Ryan. They tried that with Ben Affleck and we saw how that turned out, Harrison Ford was a perfect Jack Ryan, but alas, the good news is that it’s not George Clooney. I think he would have completely ruined the role.

  2. Alex O’Loughlin, 33 years old, should be the next Jack Ryan, he’s hot and sexy. He was once considered for the role of James Bond 007. He has two movies coming out, Whiteout (he plays the bad guy) and The Back-Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez out in theaters January 22, 2010. He was in CBS Moonlight as Mick St. John Vampire and will be in CBS Three Rivers Oct. 4. He also played Hiatt on The Shield. He enjoys rock climbing and riding motorcycles. He is gorgeous, really. He has a huge fan base, just Google and YouTube his name.

  3. Actually I thought that Alec Baldwin was a far better Jack Ryan (based on having read all the books).


  4. @Vic

    Actually, based on the books you’re completely right I think. But I meant I felt Harrison Ford made a better one, albeit not like the book. Basically I think Ford made a better Jack Ryan than the character in the novels, lol. But that’s just a matter of opinion.

  5. Sam Worthington (33) perhaps?
    Yes, I know, yet another Aussie but he tried out and was shortlisted for James Bond and that’s something.
    Other Aussie’s like Wenham (41) Innes (40) Crowe (46) I’d have to say no, if for no other reason than their age.
    Innes will havw his hands full with Mad Max 4 anyway.
    Possibly Paul Walker, Colin Farrell who are both below 35.

  6. Why are we focusing on Aussies??