Amazon's New Jack Ryan Show Declares Independence With Action-Packed Trailer

John Krasinski plays Tom Clancy's iconic CIA analyst.


John Krasinski is having a good year--not only has the former Office star directed and starred in the acclaimed horror movie A Quiet Place, he's also set to headline Amazon's upcoming Jack Ryan. The series is based on Tom Clancy's classic stories about the iconic CIA analyst, and it hits the service in August. A new trailer has now been released.

The trailer was released on Independence Day and uses the voices of previous US Presidents to suggest the dangerous world that this latest version of Ryan will find himself in. The promo is also a lot of heavier on action than previous trailers, which put more emphasis on the show's thriller aspects. Check it out below:

Jack Ryan also stars Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Wendell Pierce (The Wire), and Ali Suliman (Lone Survivor). The first season consists of eight episodes and it hits Amazon on August 31.

Last year, Krasinski spoke about what would set this show apart from previous screen incarnations. "The line between film and TV has blurred so much over the years," he said. "I think Jack Ryan is a product of that blurring so much that I think that they're not even really considering it a TV show, they're calling it a movie that's being told in [eight] parts.

"[Showrunner] Carlton Cuse's whole plan is we're gonna shoot it on a movie budget, [and] we're gonna have the same stunts as movies. It's gonna feel like a movie but you're gonna watch it every week. He just felt that two hours wasn't enough time to tell a Jack Ryan story, because Tom Clancy's books are so detailed and rich. If [Ryan] has a superpower it's his intelligence, so there's a lot of problem solving and things that take time. That's the beauty of the spy genre."

Krasinski will be the fifth actor to play Ryan. The character first appeared in the 1990 thriller The Hunt for the Red October, portrayed by Alec Baldwin. Harrison Ford starred in two Clancy adaptations in the early 1990s, with Ben Affleck and Chris Pine both playing the character since then.

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