Will Trek's Kirk join the CIA in a new Jack Ryan film?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Having successfully rebooted one franchise, Star Trek, Paramount is now looking to resuscitate a second—Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan spy series—and they're turning to the same actor for both: Chris Pine, who played James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Trek.

Pine is in talks to play the CIA analyst, Variety reported:

Paramount confirmed this story late Tuesday, and in a statement, Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman said: "Tom Clancy created an unforgettable character with Jack Ryan. 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."

If he goes for it, Pine will become the fourth actor to play the role, after a very young, svelte Alec Baldwin originated the character in 1990's The Hunt for Red October, followed by a grumpy Harrison Ford in 1992's Patriot Games and 1994's Clear and Present Danger and a sleepy Ben Affleck in 2002's The Sum of All Fears.

Pine is becoming a busy boy: In addition to an expected Star Trek 2, he is in talks to star in The Art of Making Money and is starring in Tony Scott's Unstoppable with Denzel Washington.

Who was the best Jack Ryan so far? We vote for Baldwin, but maybe that's just because Red October was the best of the bunch by far, even with a Scottish-accented Lithuanian submarine captain in the person of Sean Connery.