Amazon just dropped a mysterious new teaser for its exclusive Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. John Krasinski (13 Hours) becomes the latest actor to portray Clancy's popular literary character on-screen, following Chris Pine in 2014's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. This will also be the first time that Jack Ryan has been portrayed in a TV series, marking a unique new property for Amazon's Prime Video streaming service. The network tabbed Passengers director Morten Tyldum for the pilot episode.
The first official trailer for Jack Ryan is expected to be revealed during a panel for the show at New York Comic-Con on Oct. 7. Amazon has already gotten the teasers started with a brief video depicting the long, unfortunate journey of a $10 bill from the hands of an innocent young girl to a terrorist organization. Another one has been released, and this time it appears to reveal a little something about the title character.
You can watch the teaser titled simply 'Hobbies' above, via Amazon Video on YouTube. The video flashes shots of a world map with major European cities like London, Paris, and Berlin circled in red, plus a ticket to Ecuador and a passport. The final shot is the hands of a man, presumably Jack Ryan, fashioning what looks to be an improvised explosive device with the help of a cell phone.
The title 'Hobbies' implies that this is Jack Ryan we're seeing build a bomb right in the comfort of his home. No matter who it is, he sure looks like he's taking this bomb-making seriously and that he's ready to take off for South America once he's done. It's already known that Jack Ryan will battle ISIS in the first season; here's what else is known about the show's plot via Amazon's official synopsis:
"When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies."
The new Jack Ryan's 10-episode format will almost certainly allow for deeper exploration of the kinds of stories told in Tom Clancy's novels, which have had to be condensed for two-hour movies like The Hunt For Red October, Clear and Present Danger, and Patriot Games. The more detailed version of the Jack Ryan character is what drew Krasinski to the role, and the visuals of the teasers so far have also been striking enough to generate buzz without revealing too much new information.
Of course, there's still no true first look at Krasinski as the titular hero. Fans will have to wait until the NYCC panel on Oct. 7 to see him in the full trailer - and, fair or not, that's when he will inevitably be compared to memorable portrayals of the character by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin. Tyldum also needs to redeem himself somewhat from the critically panned Passengers, which also posted underwhelming box office numbers. Hopefully, the sheer breadth of the source material has given enough for Amazon's big bet to pay off.
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has no official release date, but is due out sometime in 2018 on Amazon.
Source: Amazon Video