Chris Pine, the actor who stepped into the shoes of William Shatner to portray Captain James Tiberius Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film, will step into another pair of well-trod shoes, those of CIA Analyst Jack Ryan from Tom Clancy’s best-selling novels, as he stars in a new thriller entitled Moscow.
Moscow, while not directly based on any previous Clancy novel, explores the untold chapter of Ryan’s life between his Marine Corps stint that nearly left him dead (told in The Hunt for Red October) and his recruiting as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. According to Clancy’s novels, Ryan worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch, and Moscow will involve Ryan in a financial transaction that risks global financial meltdown.
Moscow will be the fifth film in Paramount’s Jack Ryan series, following The Hunt for Red October with Alec Baldwin, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford, and The Sum of All Fears with Ben Affleck, making Pine the fourth actor to essay the role.
Moscow is the first Ryan film not directly based on Clancy’s novels, and it will be scripted by Adam Cozad.