In the beginning, Tom Clancy created The Hunt for Red October; at some point he said, Let there be Jack Ryan, and here we are. Jack Ryan is an American television series based on the fictional characters created by Tom Clancy and featured in many of his novels. The series is a blend of action and political thriller and is produced by Amazon. Since it first premiered on August 31, 2018, it has gone on to achieve critical acclaim and widespread commercial success.
The series follows the eponymous character, a CIA analyst who is dragged from the safety of his desk job and flung into action in the field after he discovers a series of suspicious financial transactions which he links to an Islamic terrorist named Mousa Bin Suleiman. Jack Ryan and his associates are saddled with the work of having to track the extremist and his operations down and stop them before the acts of terror occur.
The Amazon hit series is created by Graham Roland and Carlton Cuse with Michael Bay, John Krasinski, and Mace Neufeld serving as executive producers. Being one of the most beloved shows on television right now, it is only normal that it has gathered millions of fans who cannot wait to see where the story leads.
Where Was Jack Ryan Filmed?
Anyone watching the series will see Jack Ryan in all sorts of locations at home and abroad, begging the question: where was the series filmed?
There are dozens of destinations that served as shoot locations for the show. Some parts of the series were filmed in neighborhoods around Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia. However, a huge chunk of the filming was actually done overseas in Canada and London.
The scenes that took place in the Middle East were not actually shot in Yemen, Turkey, Syria, or Iraq due to the political instability in those countries. Instead, the film crew traveled to Morocco where they set up markets to stand in for the scenes meant to be shot in Yemen and Iraq. They made use of the country’s deserts, depicting them as Syria, while the beaches in Marrakech served as Turkey.
Essentially, Jack Ryan was filmed on three different continents, by four directors, and two or more crews who often had to shoot separately or simultaneously in multiple locations. All of this is thanks to the generous budget that Amazon has earmarked for the shooting of the series.
Who Played It?
The Office star, John Krasinski is the actor who plays Jack Ryan in the series. He is the fifth actor in Hollywood to portray this character after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine. All the other actors before him have played the CIA agent in movies, making Krasinski the first to do so in a television series.
Krasinski has taken on the mantle passed to him and seems to be doing an excellent job of embodying the former marine who now works as a financial analyst in the Terror, Finance, and Arms Division of the CIA. His rendition of the character has already fetched him a number of award nominations including a Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Streaming Presentation.
Before his turn as Jack Ryan, John Krasinski was already an established figure in the film and television industry. He was named among the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time Magazine. His most notable film appearances include roles in A Quiet Place, Big Miracle, Licence to Wed, Something Borrowed, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Promised Land, and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. On television, the acclaimed actor has been featured in The Office, 30 Rock, Bojack Horseman, American Dad, Without a Trace, and Arrested Development amongst others.
How Many Seasons Does Jack Ryan Have?
Jack Ryan was renewed for a second season, in April 2018, before the first season aired and it was then renewed for a third season in February 2019, after the success of the first season.
It should be noted that the series will not flow in the usual linear fashion, rather each season will be made to stand independently on its own. This means that anyone can jump in at any time and still get the hang of the story without needing to see the previous season because it’s going to be the same central characters doing their thing but in a different setting and narrative.