We loved John Krasinksi as Jim Halper from The Office (2005-2013), but his days as a less than enthused paper pusher are long gone.
After directing and starring in this year’s blockbuster thriller A Quiet Place, he’s set to take the lead in Amazon’s much-anticipated eight-part TV series Jack Ryan, kicking off on August 31.
Jack Ryan is author Tom Clancy‘s creation, but the TV series won’t be a direct adaptation of his books (the majority of which are set in the 1980s and 90s), and will put CIA analyst Ryan in a present day setting, according to Empire.
In the new trailer released yesterday (June 11), Ryan sees some irregularities as he tracks the financial transactions of a possible high-level target. And as the saying goes, “If you see something, say something.” But in his case, Ryan is also expected to do something. Reluctantly, he’s put into the field.
As he’s shuffled onto a plane, Ryan says to his handler James Greer (Wendell Pierce), “I can’t go to Yemen. I’m an analyst. I don’t interrogate people, I write reports.” Greer is unconvinced and tells him, “Get on the plane.”
Despite his reservations, Ryan settles into the spy life pretty seamlessly:
We’ve seen Jack Ryan on the big screen before, including 1990’s The Hunt for Red October starring Alec Baldwin as Ryan. Then Harrison Ford took on the role in 1992’s Patriot Games and again in 1994’s Clear and Present Danger. In 2002, Ben Affleck stepped in, starring in The Sum of All Fears. Finally, in 2014 we saw Chris Pine in the title role of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Amazon is so confident in its version of Jack Ryan, the streaming giant has already renewed the series for a second season. But for now, the first season premieres on Amazon Prime on August 31.
Are you thinking, “Jim Halper who?” right about now?