Peter Fonda Joins John Krasinski’s Amazon ‘Jack Ryan’ Series
We thought perhaps John Krasinski’s Amazon take on Jack Ryan had finished its major cast, but with production looming, another major name joins the fray. Film icon Peter Fonda will join the series in a “key” role, beginning with the first episode.
Most recently setting Passengers and an Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum to helm the first episode, Jack Ryan adds Fonda in the role of Cathy Mueller (Abbie Cornish)’s father. Deadline reports that the character will appear only in the first episode for now, but has a potential to recur thereafter
In addition to Krasinski in the title role, the series features Abbie Cornish as Cathy Mueller, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases, along with The Wire vet Wendell Pierce as Ryan’s boss James Greer, a highly successful case officer working in the CIA Directorate of Operations. Spotlighting a contemporary (and perhaps more comedic) take on Ryan in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative, So reads the official synopsis:
The drama follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, The Strain) and Graham Roland (Almost Human) penned the script and developed the project together.
The drama is a co-production between Paramount Television and Skydance Television. Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form exec produce alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross with Mace Neufeld and Lindsey Springer also on board.
Over the years, Ryan has been portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990’s The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in 1992’s Patriot Games and 1994’s Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears, and most recently by Star Trek star Chris Pine for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
We’ll see what other notable names join the new Jack Ryan, but when might Amazon look to premiere it?