The need-to-know in­tel on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’s main char­ac­ters

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Jack Ryan John Krasin­ski

Who? For­mer Marine­turned-cia an­a­lyst — this ver­sion of Ryan is at the be­gin­ning of his ca­reer, not well known within the agency and with ev­ery­thing to prove to his new boss, James Greer, who takes an in­stant dis­like to him. Pre­vi­ously played by: Alec Bald­win, Har­ri­son Ford, Ben Af­fleck, Chris Pine

James Greer Wen­dell Pierce

Who? A CIA op­er­a­tive who’s in semi-dis­grace and has been given “a back­wa­ter post” af­ter step­ping over the line in his pre­vi­ous role. He’s ini­tially hos­tile to Ryan, but sees an op­por­tu­nity to get back into the field by act­ing on Ryan’s hunch he’s un­cov­ered a new big-time ter­ror­ist. Pre­vi­ously played by: James Earl Jones

Cathey Muller Ab­bie Cor­nish

Who? A doc­tor spe­cial­is­ing in in­fec­tious dis­eases and Ryan’s fu­ture wife, although not mar­ried here — they meet for the first time at a party be­fore a he­li­copter whisks Ryan away on a top se­cret mis­sion. Pre­vi­ously played by: Gates Mcfad­den, Anne Archer, Brid­get Moy­na­han, Keira Knight­ley

Suleiman Ali Suli­man

Who? The ter­ror­ist Ryan and Greer are chas­ing. Ryan even goes as far as to dub him the new Bin Laden. He’s well-funded, well-pro­tected, and has good rea­son to hate the United States. His name means “man of peace”. Strictly speak­ing, it’s not the most ac­cu­rate of de­scrip­tions. Pre­vi­ously played by: N/A

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