10/14/2009 at 01:00 PM EDT
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
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
, 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.