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Clancy's Cold War hero Jack Ryan gets film reboot with familiar foe

Published on Jan 18, 2014 8:11 AM

BEVERLY HILLS, California (REUTERS) - In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Tom Clancy's emblematic Cold War hero gets a big-screen reboot on Friday with a familiar villain: Russia.

In this post-9/11 era, Soviet Union no longer exists and American spy agencies are tracking non-state militant groups instead. But director Kenneth Branagh said Ryan's longtime nemesis is still relevant.

"It felt as though there had been a shift around, and the classic Cold War adversary, America-Russia, had done this flip," said Branagh, who also plays the film's principal villain, Russian oligarch Viktor Cherevin.

"Now, the new financial power, the new empire is Russia," he added, "and the wood-paneled club rooms of Wall Street feel like they're connected to an old empire that's somehow connected to the makers of the American economy in the late 19th century."

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