The Kidd here...
It's a lot easier for a director to convey to an actor what it is that they want out of a character or a scene when they are one in the same person. Things just got a little easier today for director Kenneth Branagh today in helming Paramount's Jack Ryan series reboot, as he's in talks to pull double duty and play the film's villain himself.
Branagh would be playing opposite STAR TREK's Chris Pine, the fourth such actor to tackle the character (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck being his predecessors in the role), who would be showing Ryan before he became part of the C.I.A.
According to Variety, this time, Ryan would be "an ex-Marine who works as a successful financial analyst in Moscow. He discovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy, and must race against time to save America and his wife."
As for Branagh's role in the plot, his goal is to collapse the American economy by bottoming out the value of the U.S. dollar.
Branagh was last seen on-screen in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, which scored him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. As for being behind the camera, his last directorial effort was THOR.
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