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WATCH: First Trailer for 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,' Kenneth Branagh's Old-School Espionage Thriller Starring Chris Pine

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! October 4, 2013 at 11:47AM

The first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the titular CIA analyst who kicks a lot of ass, has landed. Fifth in the Jack Ryan series, the film is based on characters from the spy novels by author Tom Clancy, who died this week at age 66.
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Chris Pine in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'
Chris Pine in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

The first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the titular CIA analyst who kicks a lot of ass and works best under pressure, has landed. Fifth in the Jack Ryan series, which includes "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Sum of All Fears," the film is based on characters from the spy novels by author Tom Clancy, who died this week at age 66

Previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin ("Red October"), Harrison Ford ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger") and Ben Affleck ("Sum of All Fears"), the Jack Ryan character now finds himself embroiled in an impending Russian terrorist attack on US soil. According to the trailer, Jack is now married, and his wife (Keira Knightley), has her suspicions about his double life. Which is just as stressful.

The Russian villain here is, natch, played by Branagh himself, who directed the film from a screenplay by David Koepp and Adam Cozad. Kevin Costner also costars. Slated for a December 25 release via Paramount, "Shadow Recruit" is the first Jack Ryan film in over 10 years.

This article is related to: Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Trailers, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.