John Krasinski is making a big return to the small screen as the prestigious spy Jack Ryan in a newly green-lit series for Amazon, it has been confirmed.

The 36 year old American actor is to follow in the footsteps of some extremely high-profile actors in portraying Tom Clancy’s ex-Marine turned CIA analyst, including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.

According to a press release from Amazon obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the new 10-part series imagines Ryan as “an up-and-coming C.I.A. analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time.”

John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski will play Jack Ryan in a 10-part Amazon series

It will also be the first film or TV interpretation of Ryan that isn’t based on a particular Clancy novel. “We're excited to add the Jack Ryan global franchise to our robust originals pipeline,” said head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, in the statement on Tuesday (August 16th). “Our customers will enjoy a compelling adaptation of the action-packed spy thriller book series, further raising the bar for the quality level of storytelling that has made Prime Video a leading destination for content.”

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The latest reinvention of Jack Ryan, following the comparatively disappointing 2014 movie Shadow Recruit that starred Chris Pine, is supporting by Paramount TV and Skydance. Two of the people behind ‘Lost’, in the form of Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, are attached to be executive producers, and filming is likely to take place in North America, Europe and Africa shortly.

Krasinski, most famous for his role as Jim Halpert in the U.S. series of ‘The Office’, is more well-known for his comedy roles, so the role of Ryan represents a significant departure for him. He and his wife, Emily Blunt, recently welcomed their second daughter, named Violet, in July this year.

No premiere date has been announced as of yet, but the series is likely to hit Amazon in 2017.

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