Synopsis (from IMDB): Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Unlike the other Jack Ryan movies, Shadow Recruit is not based on any specific Tom Clancy novel. Instead, it is an original story based on Clancy’s characters and is intended as a reboot of the franchise. Given Chris Pine’s recent roles in action movies (Star Trek, This Means War), this role should be pretty natural for him. It seems like producers have learned that naming movies after the book’s protagonist isn’t interesting (ie Jack Reacher, Parker, Alex Cross). I’m most interested to see how Pine and Kiera Knightly play off each other. If the scene in the hotel room with them and Kevin Costner is any indication, it looks like they should do well.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, directed by Kenneth Branagh (Director of Thor, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) who also plays the antagonist of the film, will be in theaters December 25, 2013.
[EDIT 10/24/2013] The release date has been pushed back to January 17, 2014.