Inevitably, there were some who speculated that Paramount's release of the first Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit poster was a way of using Tom Clancy's death as a launching pad for the marketing campaign. If that were the case it'd be beyond tacky, and there's no proof it was ever in their thoughts even if it couldn't have hurt to draw some added attention. Traditionally, the poster always hits a day or two before the trailer emerges, and that's exactly what we have now.
The first trailer for the unfortunately-titled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has arrived, starring Chris Pine as Clancy's most popular character (sorry, Sam Fisher fans!). He picks up the mantle left by Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, and Ben Affleck, playing a younger version of Ryan investigating his boss who plans to commit an act of economic terrorism. Kenneth Branagh directs and sports a Drago accent as the villain, while Keira Knightley is Ryan's wife who discovers his double-life as an agent. We get glimpses of action and a lot of Kevin Costner as Ryan's CIA handler, and he instantly seems like more of a central figure than Pine, which could be a problem. While he's done quite well as part of the Star Trek ensemble, Pine has yet to prove he can be a major box office draw. Personally, I think he's boring as dry toast and if this film fails it will be because of him.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens on Christmas Day.