‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’, simply known as ‘Jack Ryan’ is the latest addition to what fans popularly call the Ryanverse. The series is an American action political thriller web series that airs on Amazon Prime. It first premiered on August 31, 2018 and has been created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland. For those unaware, the Ryanverse is the universe created by Tom Clancy in his books, many of which later went on to be made into movies. A word for the gamers here. Clancy might be a novelist specializing in espionage stories, but his works have inspired several major games series like ‘Splinter Cell’, ‘Rainbow Six’, and ‘Ghost Recon’.
Anyhow, coming back to the Ryanverse, ‘The Hunt for Red October’ was the first book to feature Jack Ryan. It was also made into a film where Alec Baldwin played the role of Ryan. Since then, in films, the role has been played by acclaimed actors including Harrison Ford, known for his ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine. Thus when Jon Krasinski stepped up to play this role, he was already among a very respected company. For his own part, Krasinski has been doing rather amazingly himself, having helmed and acted in the surprise hit, ‘A Quiet Place’.
As it is evident, a lot of hard work went into the making of the show, and fans took an immense liking to it, due to its plot and performances. Critics too heaped praise on the show, saying that the progress was intense as were the action sequences, but noted that the predecessors of the series were richer in a geopolitical sense.
Jack Ryan Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ is led by John Krasinski in the titular role of Jack Ryan. He is a financial analyst working with the CIA, as part of the Terror, Finance, and Arms Division (T-FAD), which belongs to the Counterterrorism Center (CTC). Krasinski drew inspiration from Ford’s roles in ‘Patriot Games’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger’. Executive producer and director, Daniel Sackheim said, “What was so great about the Harrison Ford movies was that they were about an everyman hero. He was a guy who wasn’t a superhero. He was heroic, but he was vulnerable. He wasn’t afraid to be scared. He was a regular man and a hero.” Other cast members include Abbie Cornish as Cathy Mueller who plays the role of Ryan’s girlfriend; Wendell Pierce as James Greer Ryan’s boss; Ali Suliman as the chief antagonist Mousa Bin Suleiman; and Dina Shihabi as Suleiman’s wife.
Second season sees several new faces. These include Michael Kelly of ‘House of Cards’ fame, who appears in the role of Mike November, a proficient CIA field agent who works with Jack. Noomi Rapace of ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ fame plays Harriet “Harry” Baumann, a capable, charming and intelligent German agent who will cross paths with Ryan in South America. Jovan Adepo of ‘The Leftovers’ plays Marcus, who gets back in the intelligence game after being retired as a boat repairman.
Jordi Molla plays the role of Nicolas Reyes, the leader of the South American country who is powerful and charming, always a deadly combination. Cristina Umaña of ‘Narcos‘ appears as Gloria Bonalde, someone trying to balance her political career and motherhood, and Francisco Denis plays Ubarri, a senior government official in South America. Tom Wlaschiha, famous for playing Jaqen H’ghar or the faceless assassin on ‘Game of Thrones‘, also has an important part in the show. He plays the role of Max Schenkel, a foreign agent whose motives are unknown, but he comes across Ryan during his mission in South America. Things are bound to get interesting with so many fascinating characters involved.