John Krasinski Jack Ryan

John Krasinski to Star As Jack Ryan in Amazon Drama Series

John Krasinski is making a return to the small screen, but this job will take him far, far away from Scranton, Pa.

The Office grad has landed the title role in Amazon’s forthcoming Jack Ryan series, based on the novels by Tom Clancy, TVLine has confirmed.

As previously reported, the TV version — co-created by Lost vets Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland — will not be a direct adaptation of Clancy’s books, but will use them as source material for a contemporary take on the character as he navigates his job as a CIA operative. (In the novels, Ryan trades in his career as an investment broker for a CIA analyst gig, before rising through the ranks to become President of the United States.)

Jack Ryan marks Krasinski’s first major TV role since capping nine seasons on The Office, where he starred as lovable Dunder-Mifflin employee Jim Halpert before turning to a career in film.

He’ll be the fifth person to fill the role; previous movie adaptations have starred Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears) and Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).

Our sister site Deadline was first to report the news.

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  1. Jenny Rarden says:

    That could be good… Very good!

  2. Wooster182 says:

    I got really excited for a second when I mistakenly read this as Jake Ryan…

  3. A. D. says:

    Horrible Choice!

  4. katsssblog says:

    I kinda think I like this. He is in great shape now, so I’m guessing that helped.

  5. Danielle says:

    This sounds interesting! Will have to make sure to renew my Prime membership.

  6. Jimmy says:

    I kind of like this idea.

  7. Anne says:

    Oh! I like this!

  8. tallsy says:

    Look, I loved him in The Office, but wouldn’t his performance in 13 Hours scare you off this?

  9. Imzadi says:

    I guess I am one of the few people who really liked “The Sum of All Fears”, but the last one was incredibly boring. So this might actually work instead of another reboot. Another movie with Harrison Ford would still be nice.

  10. wylma says:

    Very weird casting… he is in good shape but Zach Levi from Chuck would have been a better choice.