‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Gets A Somber First Poster

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It seems serendipitous that the first official poster for the newly-subtitled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit should arrive on the day of Tom Clancy’s passing, the legendary author who created the titular character (and largely invented the spy/espionage/CIA thriller in the process). Ryan (Chris Pine) seems as saddened as we are to have received the news, but we’d be willing to bet that his sullen expression isn’t solely one of mourning.

Despite being pitched as a man whose most dangerous weapon is his brain, Jack Ryan has his gun in hand; as the new title implies, the lines between the CIA analyst and a highly-trained field agent may not be as clear at the end of the film as they are at the outset.

Few details have been revealed about the reboot – previously titled simply Jack Ryan, and later Jack Ryan: Shadow One – and as far as naming conventions go, ‘Shadow Recruit’ doesn’t clarify much. Chris Pine will be bringing Tom Clancy’s famous government intelligence agent to life (following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck), making the transition from an office job to a position in the field. That promotion will be overseen by William Harper (Kevin Costner), described as “a true blue American idealist who recruits and mentors Ryan.”

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The rebooted Ryan kicks things off with a massive threat to the American economy: a plan created by a Russian financial expert (played by director Kenneth Branagh) to devalue the American dollar, and place it on the brink of collapse. Seeing that this sort of threat isn’t necessarily one solved by extensive gunfighting, Ryan’s own brilliance and tactical thinking makes him the perfect man to save the day (although the poster implies that a firearm will come in handy as well).

Unfortunately, concerns over whether or not Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will push Jack Ryan‘s release back into 2014 won’t be put to rest by the poster, only promising that the film will be ‘coming soon.’ Although we’d say at this point, the studio deciding not to put their scheduled date on the poster may be a sign that even if Jack Ryan can save the world, he might not make his appointed launch.

What do you think of the first poster and the new subtitle? Were you hoping for more, or do names and marketing not matter to you as much as writing and strong performances? Sound off in the comments.


Jack Ryan is set to hit theaters on December 25, 2013. If that date changes, we’ll keep you updated.

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  1. I love it

  2. I’d never read any clancy novels or seen any jack Ryan movies, but out of respect I just watched “Clear and present danger” on netflix. Good movie. I hope Pine does well.

    R.I.P Tom Clancy.

    • Clear and present Danger is the best one, but Patriot Games has it’s moments. I will watch this new Jack Ryan flick as well. First we lost Vince Flynn, now Tom Clancey. Sad time to be a thriller writer, but both good authors.

      • For some reason, people forget The Hunt For Red October – the original and best, at least until they make Red Storm Rising properly.

  3. When did Clint Eastwood play Jack Ryan?

  4. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe Clint Eastwood ever played Jack Ryan.

  5. hahha… Pretty sure the editor means Bern Afleck… Clint Eastwood was never Jack Ryan.

    For the record, i love the name change. I also think that Chris Pine is a perfect Jack Ryan. Can’t wait…

    RIP Tom Clancy…. Truly a tough blow to take. I have read everybook you have ever written… Some, like without remorse and rainbow six, several times.

    • No worries, that’s been corrected in the article.

      In all fairness… if Eastwood had played Ryan back in the day, that could’ve been pretty cool.

    • Clancey was pretty good. Recently we also lost a favorite of mine, Vince Flynn. I have emailed with him, and really felt hollowed out when he died.

  6. Man, that poster is so telling of this somber day of Tom’s passing.
    It’s as if Jack Ryan just learned the news of Clancy’s death himself.

  7. Hopefully this means trailer soon?

  8. That’s a terrible title. They should’ve just left it at Jack Ryan.

    • I agree. But I think it implies sequels with new subtitles.

  9. Poster looks pretty dope. If this gets solid reviews, I’ll definitely check it out. Always liked Chris Pine too, I watched Unstoppable just last week and thought he did a great job in it.

    • Pine looks perfect for this. With Kenneth Branagh
      directing this is high on my list of upcoming movies.
      Chris was great in Unstoppable. Tony Scott’s last film.

      • I was looking forward to this last year but it has since fell off my radar. This poster has brought it back.

  10. Smart casting i think Pine will be a very good Jack Ryan. I’m not sure i like the idea of him being a field agent type as Ryan, while once a marine, was never really a field agent, which is what makes him such a good character he used his brain to defeat the baddies not a gun. I will of course be the first in line to see not only because i love Brannagh and the cast but i’m a huge fan of Clancy novels. RIP sir you were one of the greats.

  11. R.I.P. Tom Clancy !

  12. Tom Clancy created a world of characters
    who remain and will live on when he cannot.

    Tom created something that will inspire and
    entertain for generations to come and in this way
    Clancy will remain alive for as long his works are read.

    “Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
    So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

    – William Shakespeare

    • Thanks, Robert, for the Shakespeare quote. Good to see someone besides me reads old classic literature. Appreciative.

    • Very nice,
      …Shakespeare’s 18th sonnet..
      And I can’t help but feel
      that the mood of that poster,
      reflects how all of Tom Clancy’s readers and loyal fans feel today about his sudden passing.

      R.I.P. Tom Clancy, you will be sorely missed

  13. The poster looks like Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction.

  14. I only wish Clancy himself could’ve seen the forthcoming adaptation of Without Remorse that’s currently in production with Costner attached. I think Clancy fans could agree that that along with Debt of Honor and Rainbow Six are his masterpieces. If only he had a little more time. Rainbow Six is and will always be my favorite book of all time, and I’m greatly saddened on this day. Goodbye Tom Clancy, you’ve given us so many great adventures, it’s time for you to have one of your own.

    • Debt of Honor is definitely one of the best. Its follow up Executive Orders was also really good.

      However, from the trailer, this movie seems way too actiony for the Jack Ryan we know from the books. I hope the trailer is over playing it just to get people in seats and they haven’t completely changed character personalities.

  15. I bet the movie end credits says “this movie is made in honor to Tom Clancy”. RIP, Tom clancy.

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    • That’s great news buddy. I hope your ‘best friend’s step aunt’ is living it up – ha!
      You, however, are a stain on life’s unwashed jock strap.

  17. I am looking forward to seeing Chris Pine portray Jack Ryan as I have seen all of the films and enjoyed them all.

    However, I do not understand why they are calling this new film a “reboot”. There has never been a Jack Ryan “origins” story in film… Until now…

  18. This movie does in no way even remotely have any similarities to Tom Clancy’s book series other than character names. Jack Ryan isn’t James Bond. Unless this is mainly a drama with very few action scenes, I am going to be very disappointed.