Update: There's been an update of sorts on the Clooney/Jack Ryan rumor we heard earlier this week. Anne Thompson's Variety blog reports knowledge of Clooney's interest to play the Tom Clancy character but all parties are waiting on the script from from screenwriter Hossein Amini (Jude, Killshot) and a decision hasn't been made whether they will go with a young or older Jack Ryan in the Untitled Tom Clancy Project (as it's currently called).
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This week Mania had some fun with throwing some alternative choices into the equation. You can read about it here.
Original Story: Are we about to see a total reversal of plans for Paramount's gestating Jack Ryan series? That very well may be the case here if Kim Masters' sources at The Daily Beast come to fruition. In a business commentary about the production deals (or lack of) going down within Hollywood at the time, Masters is reporting that George Clooney is interested in playing Tom Clancy's shelved hero Jack Ryan.
Clooney also appears to be looking for his next commercial opportunity now that the Ocean’s franchise seems to be played out. A source says he expressed interest in playing Jack Ryan when and if Paramount attempts to revive the Tom Clancy series. Clooney seems to recognize that at this time in the world and this time in his life (he’s pushing 50), it’s time for some commercial maintenance.
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The issue with this speculation is previous confirmations from producers that Paramount is looking to reboot the Clancy character with a younger actor in hopes of a new franchise of films. At one point in time, Ryan Gosling was rumored to be a favorite for the role.
Clooney may desire to have a new franchise character under his belt here but in order for this to work out, the studio would need to shift their desires away from a youthful Jack Ryan. Paramount does have some options for this scenario with an older Jack Ryan being the central focus of Tom Clancy's later novels, "Debt of Honor", "Executive Orders," and "The Bear and the Dragon."
What do you think? Could George Clooney be the next Jack Ryan?