Clooney to play Jack Ryan role July 8, 2009 Will George Clooney play Jack Ryan? George Clooney is looking to play Jack Ryan in the revived spy series, according to The Daily Beast. The actor has reportedly told Paramount that he is keen to star as the CIA analyst once the franchise is up and running again. Screenwriter Hossein Amini was hired last year to pen a script for a new Ryan outing, but it was thought that Paramount requested a story focusing on the early years of Tom Clancy’s character. Ryan has previously appeared in four feature films, with Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck portraying the character.