Kevin Costner Confirmed for ‘Jack Ryan’ & ‘Without Remorse’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 21st, 2012 at 7:58 am,

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Last week, we reported that Kevin Costner was offered a role in Paramount’s reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise. The actor, who is fresh off an Emmy-nominated performance in The History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, was approached to play the role of Ryan’s mentor who drafts him into the CIA.

Now, Deadline is reporting that Costner has accepted the part and is just working out the details of his contract. Costner will play William Harper, “a true blue American idealist who recruits and mentors both Ryan and John Kelly.”

The latter character, who eventually takes the name John Clark, is the lead in Without Remorse, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher). As we also reported last week, Costner was being considered to appear in both films, acting as a sort-of “Nick Fury” for a shared Tom Clancy universe.

The Deadline report also dropped the news that Paramount was pursuing Tom Hardy for the role of Clark. Hardy, who is earning raves for his role as the terrorist mastermind Bane in The Dark Knight Rises - and is appearing in Lawless and too many other upcoming films to count – would be a great choice to play the gritty Clark, who was previously portrayed on the big screen by both  Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber.

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Chris Pine will play Jack Ryan

For the Jack Ryan film, Costner is joining a strong cast that also includes Kenneth Branagh (who is both directing and starring as the film’s primary villain) and Keira Knightley as Jack Ryan’s love interest.

Costner should be a great addition to both the Jack Ryan movie and Without Remorse. While each of the respective movies will be anchored by young up-and-coming stars (Chris Pine in the former, and – potentially – Hardy in the latter), Costner can provide the stable, veteran presence needed to link the movies together and build a shared cinematic universe. The Deadline report also mentions that Costner could potentially star as the lead in a third spin-off film.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I might be a dumby, but who is Pine playing? I thought he was playing Jack Ryan? The pic says Jack Reacher. Either way, I’m excited for these films

    • I’d imagine that’s a slip of the fingertips. Pine is playing Ryan. Cruise is playing Reacher. :)

  2. The concept is appealing and demonstrates confidence
    by Paramount from what is developing on the Ryan reboot.

    Jack Reacher is a military/ex-military character in a series
    of British novels who is actually be well-suited for firms.

    • who “would” actually be

  3. Seems like the shared movie verse is getting quite popular again. Hopefully this will open the doors to the many other Tim Clancy Novels. Rainbow Six?

    • Op-Center? H.A.W.X. (We need more Top Gun)? Splinter Cell? Ghost Recon? G.R.A.W.?

      Im getting too excited.

      • you do know he wrote more than just video games right? lol

        • Is my gamertag showing again lol my bad

      • tom clancy-not tim..

    • Again?

      Also, if I remember correctly, the Ryan reboot is an original story and not based on any of the Clancy novels, unfortunately.

      • I was unaware this is an original story.
        With the wealth of Clancy material
        there really is no reason for that.

        • I cannot disagree with you, sir.

  4. glad clancy’s best book, without remorse is finally getting made! can they still get willem defoe to reprise his role as clark?????? that would be incredible.

    • hey was good, but I dont think he could pull off a young Mr. Clark now.

  5. Chris Pine is playing Jack Reacher?

    Did Tom Cruise get fired then as the trailer I saw recently had Tom Cruise playing him…

    • I too thought I saw at least an announcement or article that Tom Cruise had been cast.

  6. Hang on, so conceivably both Pine and Hardy could end up playing CIA characters in this franchise, and end up in a movie together… Rather like when they both played CIA agents in This Means War…

    • Let us hope there’s no Hollywood push to create a franchise where Reese Witherspoon can become a female-Ryan/Clark type heroine. (Female Expendables is apparently the next big step, after all.) :)

  7. I’m glad to see Kevin Costner taking on this sort of role. Even if he isn’t the “draw” he used to be, he has the screen presence to make the role credible. I like the idea of Hardy for Clark. Still waiting to see Pine as Ryan. The actor is enjoyable but he doesn’t strike me as analyst. Actually, he reminds me more of a young Tony (NCIS) DiNozzo.

    • The films will never have Ryan as a genuine analyst, it’s too easy for them to turn him into an action hero.

  8. It’s interesting to see how narrow minded casting people can get. Nothing against Tom Hardy at all, but it’s funny how when someone gets hot, they get mentioned for absolutely every role. Look at Pine, Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, and Jeremy Renner. They all get mentioned, their name comes up, etc. I think it’s only natural, but it’s limiting. Other actors who might be just as well qualified just don’t get mentioned. And the same thing is going to happen to Benedict Cumberbatch, I can just see it.

  9. How are they going to incorporate Jack Ryan into Without Remorse? WR is about how Kelly ultimately becomes Clark.

    I think this may be a mish-mash movie.

    • Far as I remember the book. Jack Ryan is quite young and about to enter the services. It would be pointless to have that character play a major role. However his father in the book is Emmet Ryan and that part could be expanded in any film production. From what I can see from above is that two seperate films are being made So no reason to have them meet in any of the films at all. The only common link being Kevin Cosners character as mentor. A part which was originally an Admiral Greer in the books.

      • They can’t reprise Greer…no one else can play him after James Earl Jones!

    • Thank You!
      His father is a major character….. he is in college