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Sara Vilkomerson
March 28, 2012 AT 04:05 PM EDT

EW has confirmed Variety report that Thor director Kenneth Branagh is in negotiations to direct the yet untitled Jack Ryan film for Paramount.

Based on the character created by Tom Clancy (and previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck), Chris Pine (Star Trek) is on board to star, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. A source close to the negotiations says they’re hoping to start production in September.

Branagh, an Oscar nominee, most recently for his supporting role in My Week With Marilyn, proved he could direct more than just art-house fare when Thor pulled in $449 million worldwide.

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