New Jack Ryan movie starring Keira Knightly to be filmed in Liverpool
Source: Liverpool Echo
Hollywood superstars Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh could be on their way to Liverpool city centre to film a new Jack Ryan blockbuster.
Crews from a feature film with the provisional title Jack Ryan – based on the Tom Clancy spy novels – will be filming in Dale Street, Exchange Street, Castle Street and surrounding roads between 8pm and 6am on September 17-20.
The movie will see Star Trek actor Chris Pine reprise the role of CIA agent Ryan – previously played on the big screen by Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford – in the Paramount Pictures production, which is thought to be the first in a trilogy.
Actress Knightley, known for her roles in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films and Pride And Prejudice, will play his love interest Cathy Ryan.
Kevin Costner is also set for a role in the film, which Branagh will both direct and star in as the plot’s villain.
It is not know which of the movie’s superstars will be filming in Liverpool
But production company August Street Films Ltd, based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where the film’s pre-production has been taking place, wrote to city centre businesses last week to inform them of potential disruption.
Several roads will be closed while filming is carried out and parking bays will be suspended, but there will still be access to properties.
Security officers, marshalls and police will be on hand while filming takes place to supervise and address any problems.
The company has been working with Liverpool Film Office and Liverpool council on planning the filming and information on road closures has been posted on the council’s website.
But a council spokesman refused to reveal more information on the filming, claiming the details were “completely confidential”.
The character of Jack Ryan has hit the cinemas before in films The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and most recently in 2002 in The Sum Of All Fears.
The latest offering has been written as a prequel and will show Ryan before he joined the CIA.
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