Kenneth Branagh to star in Jack Ryan franchise

Updated: Jul 23, 2012, 11:20 AM IST

Los Angeles: Actor-director Kenneth Branagh has confirmed that he will take on a role in Paramount`s reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, starring Chris Pine.

"I will be in Jack Ryan. The character presented itself in a way that seemed to be just right in the size of the role, the nature of the role and it was actually how I was first approached about it," Branagh, 51, said.

Earlier reports suggested that the `Thor` director was in talks to play the villain in the new Jack Ryan film, reported Access Hollywood.

While he didn`t clarify which role he was taking, Branagh explained that the new project about the famed character from Tom Clancy, a part previously played by Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck, is an origin-style story.

"It is an origin story that allows us to understand how Jack Ryan, created by Tom Clancy, whose very much involved with this version, develops into a CIA analyst, so this is before joining ? perhaps even joining the CIA. It`s a very contemporary action film," he said.