They keep going younger and younger with the Jack Ryan character. But then again, I guess Hollywood has no Earthly idea what to do with anything except make it younger, which they’ve already done once with the Jack Ryan franchise (i.e. Ben Affleck taking over the role from Harrison Ford in “The Sum of All Fears”). Now rumor has Ryan Gosling taking over the Ryan role from Affleck.
The rumor comes from Moviehole:
Philip Noyce himself tells us that neither he or Harrison Ford are returning to the Jack Ryan series – but a new Jack Ryan movie is in the works… and it’ll star Ryan Gosling! (at least that’s what the filmmaker’s heard). Noyce WAS attached to direct “By Any Mean’s Necessary”, briefly last year, but he’s no longer involved.
Paramount, who has rights to the Jack Ryan character, has wanted to do “By Any Means Necessary”, the first Jack Ryan movie not based on one of Tom Clancy’s books, for a while now, but the project never got off the ground. They tried “The Sum of All Fears” with Ben Affleck, but as was the case with anything Affleck stars in — eh.
Now, Ryan Gosling as Jack Ryan? Could work. Gosling is certainly slick enough, although for my money he’s always seemed more at home playing weasel characters than someone heroic like Jack Ryan.
Anyhow, that’s the rumor. If true, Gosling would be the fourth actor to play the character, starting with Alec Baldwin in “The Hunt for Red October” in 1990, followed by Harrison Ford in ’92 and ’94 with “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger”, and finally, Ben Affleck tried to bury the character in 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears”.