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Kenneth Branagh to take on the roles of director and villain in the Jack Ryan film

07.19.2012
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Kenneth Branagh is someone I am always excited for. Wow, that sounds extremely sexual. It might be. He was rather do-able in HAMLET. Since moving on from THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Branagh has picked up another directing job that ain't so shabby.

A few months ago, Branagh signed up to helm the next Jack Ryan film starring Chris Pine in the title role. The next installment will set the character up as, "a financial analyst living in Moscow who uncovers a terrorist plot." We've known about the latest Ryan film for awhile now. The project has gone through some troubling times with budget cuts, directors dropping out, Pine's schedule, and a redrafting of the script (due to the budget cuts). Despite these possible set backs, I have a feeling that Branagh will deliver a great product.

Being a bit of an overachiever, Branagh is now also in negotiations to play the role of the film's villain, "Viktor Stazov, a financial wiz who, with the help of the Russian government, masterminds a plot to devalue American currency and thus destroy the U.S. economy." The last time we saw the actor in a role was MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. It should be a treat to see Branagh as the antagonist. He's a damn good actor.

Source: THR

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1:31PM on 07/20/2012
That is good news - Branagh is a good director and a decent performer as well. I'll let him off on Wild Wild West, I don't think he'll repeat the errors made on that film in this Jack Ryan one. I'm interested to see what Chris Pine will do with the role, because I bought Alec Baldwin as an analyst, same with Harrison Ford even though he was less nerdy, and I didn't like Ben Affleck in the role because of how "matinee idol" his acting was at that time period.
That is good news - Branagh is a good director and a decent performer as well. I'll let him off on Wild Wild West, I don't think he'll repeat the errors made on that film in this Jack Ryan one. I'm interested to see what Chris Pine will do with the role, because I bought Alec Baldwin as an analyst, same with Harrison Ford even though he was less nerdy, and I didn't like Ben Affleck in the role because of how "matinee idol" his acting was at that time period.
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12:35PM on 07/20/2012
Kenneth Branagh to star and to direct Jack Ryan movie? I'm intrigued!
Kenneth Branagh to star and to direct Jack Ryan movie? I'm intrigued!
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8:54PM on 07/19/2012
I'm gonna pretend like I don't remember the last time Branagh played a villain and shimmied around on mechanical legs making puns at Will Smith and say this is a good thing.
I'm gonna pretend like I don't remember the last time Branagh played a villain and shimmied around on mechanical legs making puns at Will Smith and say this is a good thing.
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