With a hero, a villain, and a director — yet, only two actual people! — it’s time for Kenneth Branagh‘s (somehow) still-untitled Jack Ryan reboot to find a lovely leading lady. Should Deadline be correct, they’re already approaching this one just right.
As their report informs us, Paramount have whittled down their selection pretty well and settled on three possible candidates: Keira Knightley (the current top choice), Evangeline Lilly, and Like Crazy star Felicity Jones. The “high-profile role” for which they compete is Dr. Caroline Muller, who, by the time of the Harrison Ford installments (Patriot Games & Clear and Present Danger), was Jack Ryan’s wife. And while many (read: not a soul) assumed Anne Archer would only hold the title of his onscreen wife, this three-film deal could see us add another to the non-maintained pantheon.
Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale were both approached — I guess someone at Paramount liked Total Recall — but those talks fell through For the best, I’d say, seeing as these are three choices I’d be very hard-pressed to reject; even Knightley, the most “obvious” pick of the litter, is far more interesting than those two action mainstays. But having someone like Lilly headline a franchise-starter — and, in all likelihood, an actual franchise that I see turning out very well — has even more potential. (It should be said that Jones is also a strong option. Let’s not, to paraphrase a spy term, leave her out in the cold.)
Which of these three would you pick? How do you feel about them as candidates?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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