Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

Kenneth Branagh confirmed today that he’ll be in the cast of the Jack Ryan feature franchise reboot for Paramount. Branagh confirmed his casting while speaking on a PBS Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander III panel at the Television Critics Association presentation in Beverly Hills. Branagh described the movie as “an original story that allows us to understand how Jack Ryan, created by Tom Clancy, develops into a CIA analyst, before joining, and perhaps even joining, the CIA. It’s a very contemporary action thriller, set in the here and now.” Chris Pine is playing the agent based on Clancy’s novels. Branagh will play the Russian villain who is plotting to wreck the U.S. economy. David Koepp is working on a rewrite of Adam Cozad’s script Moscow. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld are producing for Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. The movie’s in preproduction at Pinewood Studios in England. Principal photography is expected to begin in September.

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