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Keira Knightley in negotiations to play the wife of Chris Pine in Jack Ryan

Aug. 10, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Keira Knightley looks like Angelina Jolie

After dipping her toes back into the smaller side of filmmaking with a few dramas (ANNA KARENINA, NEVER LET ME GO, A DANGEROUS METHOD) and a comedy with Steve Carell (SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD), it looks like Keira Knightley is getting ready to take her not-unimpressive action acting chops back into the world of large-scale filmmaking with JACK RYAN.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh (who is also playing the villain) and starring Chris Pine as the titular Tom Clancy-created hero, JACK RYAN centers on "ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan, who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife."  The wife in question would be played by Knightly, who was initially offered the role before the studio went around audition folks like Evangeline Lilly (REAL STEEL) and Felicity Jones (LIKE CRAZY).  Perhaps it was Branagh's involvement that sparked Knightley's interest and return to the negotiation table - whatever the reason for her renewed involvement, she's in now and I say the movie is better for it.

Filming is scheduled to begin next month for what could very well be aiming to be a Holiday 2013 action release a la MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL.

Keira Knightley in a blue dress

Extra Tidbit: When the synopsis says that Ryan must "race against time to save America and his wife," do we think that's just because she's in America or because she's in the midst of her own danger?

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9:30PM on 08/11/2012
I wish her and her strange teeth/jaw would go away
I wish her and her strange teeth/jaw would go away
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8:50PM on 08/10/2012

Jack Ryan timeline.

I have to ask about the timeline for these Jack Ryan movies. I own all of them, but the only book I read was Hunt for Red October (b/c it was my favorite of the movies). If I remember correctly, Ryan proposes to his wife at the end of Sum of All Fears. I'm guessing Red October would be next, since Ryan was portrayed more of an analyst than an "action guy". I guess this movie would be next since he has a wife, followed by the 2 Harrison Ford movies where he's older with a kid. Maybe they're
I have to ask about the timeline for these Jack Ryan movies. I own all of them, but the only book I read was Hunt for Red October (b/c it was my favorite of the movies). If I remember correctly, Ryan proposes to his wife at the end of Sum of All Fears. I'm guessing Red October would be next, since Ryan was portrayed more of an analyst than an "action guy". I guess this movie would be next since he has a wife, followed by the 2 Harrison Ford movies where he's older with a kid. Maybe they're trying to make this series like Bond and just forget that one film has anything to do with the others?
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9:07PM on 08/10/2012
Yeah, I think that JACK RYAN is meant to be a complete reboot of the character. I wouldn't keep my hopes up for any sort of real continuity between this and the other movies in the franchise.
Yeah, I think that JACK RYAN is meant to be a complete reboot of the character. I wouldn't keep my hopes up for any sort of real continuity between this and the other movies in the franchise.
10:24PM on 08/10/2012
I didn't know this was a reboot. I figured it was just another adaptation of one of the books and took place at some point in time between the plots of the other movies. I remember there being talks of another Jack Ryan movie a few years back where he would be the president, w/ Clooney possibly in the role. That would have been interesting.
I didn't know this was a reboot. I figured it was just another adaptation of one of the books and took place at some point in time between the plots of the other movies. I remember there being talks of another Jack Ryan movie a few years back where he would be the president, w/ Clooney possibly in the role. That would have been interesting.
7:25PM on 08/10/2012
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World came out 6 weeks ago..

But I love me some Knightley. Not only is she unbelievably gorgeous, she's also a rather good actress IMO. Anytime she's been cast in anything, I've always thought it was a great decision. This is no different.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World came out 6 weeks ago..

But I love me some Knightley. Not only is she unbelievably gorgeous, she's also a rather good actress IMO. Anytime she's been cast in anything, I've always thought it was a great decision. This is no different.
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