Kenneth Branagh to Play Villain in 'Jack Ryan'
The filmmaker was already on board as director of the Paramount action movie

The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2012
By Borys Kit

Kenneth Branagh, who is already directing Paramountís Jack Ryan movie, is in negotiations to play the action thrillerís villain as well, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Chris Pine is starring as Ryan, the ex-Marine turned analyst from the Tom Clancy novels. Here, Ryan is a financial analyst living in Moscow who uncovers a terrorist plot.

Branagh is in negotiations to play the movieís villain, Viktor Stazov, a financial wiz who, with the help of the Russian government, masterminds a plot to devalue American currency and thus destroy the U.S. economy.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mace Neufeld and David Barron are producing. Skydanceís David Ellison is executive producing.

Branagh last appeared on screen in 'My Week With Marilyn'. He is repped by WME.

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