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Keira Knightley to play leading lady in “Jack Ryan”


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Keira Knightley is ready to board her next big film franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Knightley is in negotiations for the female lead in Paramount’s upcoming untitled “Jack Ryan” thriller, beating out stars like Evangeline Lilly and Felicity Jones for the part. This is a big win for Knightley, who has taken a break from big blockbuster films since “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” wrapped.

Since, Knightley has largely focused on period pieces and indie films, but we’re glad to see the 27-year-old dive back into the big leagues. She’ll be starring opposite Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh in the upcoming prequel to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series, with Branagh also serving as director.

The plot of this film, which is currently being called “Jack Ryan,” follows the titular hero (Pine), an ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst, as he discovers that his employer plans to finance a terrorist attack intended to destroy the United States’ economy. He then takes on the dangerous task of preventing the attack from going off, thereby protecting American and his wife (Knightley).

This is hardly the first time Jack Ryan has graced the big screen, though the character has never managed to work as a franchise. He has been the center of novel-to-screen adaptations like “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears,” and has been played by actors like Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Maybe the fourth time will be the charm in this situation.

Producer Mace Neufeld previously teased to how this movie will fit in Ryan’s world.

“We pick him up when he’s on Wall Street,” he said. “The Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They’re kind of ‘thinking man’s thrillers.’ Jack is referred to as a ‘water-walker’ because of his ability to jump ahead to conclusions. That’s very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that’s how we want to portray him. He’s a teacher. He’s a historian. He’s a linguist. And he’s really smart.”

“Jack Ryan” goes into production next month.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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