Graham Roland and Carlton Cuse, of Lost fame, are co-creators of the Amazon Prime Original series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, were keen to find a compelling actor for the role of Jack Ryan, which they found in John Krasinski!
John’s comic role as a paper salesman, Jim Halpert in The Office and his action-hero avatar as a navy seal-turned-defense contractor in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi had left audiences and his fans in awe of him.
As for John, it was a dream come true. He grabbed the opportunity to portray a character he’d idolized since childhood. “I’ve been a huge Tom Clancy fan ever since I saw Hunt for Red October as a kid and fell in love with the character,” says Krasinski, who recently directed, co-wrote and starred in the 2018 blockbuster A Quiet Place.
Adding further, he said, “After that, I read the books. I never imagined I could be a superhero like Batman or Superman, I always felt like I could be Jack Ryan. And unlike James Bond or Jason Bourne, who are larger than life, I think it’s nice to see this guy who just puts his mind to something, believes in something and makes a difference on the front lines.”
Instead of giving undue attention to the fact that John’s six feet three built makes him perfect for the action-hero role, Roland and Cuse have focused more on building Jack Ryan as a witty and clever spy in the series.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 31st August 2018.