Chris Pine to Play CIA Hero Jack Ryan

10/14/2009 at 02:10 PM EDT

Chris Pine to Play CIA Hero Jack Ryan
Chris Pine
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Chris Pine

Chris Pine

Having picked up where William Shatner left off as Star Trek's Capt. James T. Kirk, Chris Pine is now poised to take over from where Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck have trod – as Jack Ryan, novelist Tom Clancy's adventurous CIA analyst.

Pine, 29, is onboard to star in a new entry in the action series, Variety reports.

While no movie title has been announced, "Tom Clancy created an unforgettable character with Jack Ryan," Paramount president Adam Goodman says in a statement. "With Chris in this role, we've taken our first step in creating a re-boot that lives up to the successful lineage of the franchise."

Baldwin played Ryan in 1990's The Hunt Red October, followed by Ford in 1992's Patriot Games and 1994's Clear and Present Danger, while Affleck starred in 2002's The Sum of All Fears.

When not saving the Free World, Pine, currently costarring with Denzel Washington in Unstoppable, will also return to his Kirkian spacesuit for J.J. Abrams's sequel to Star Trek, then it's on to director D.J. Caruso's The Art of Making Money – about a Chicago-based counterfeiter.

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