'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' Season 2: Release date, trailer, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the American political thriller

Krasinski will be back as the titular character, 'Jack Ryan' and the second season has also beefed up the cast with some interesting additions. The second installment may release in fall this year


                            'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' Season 2: Release date, trailer, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the American political thriller

'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' may have made its debut last year on August 31, but Amazon Prime had already renewed the American political thriller for a second season back on April 24.  The first season saw the agent thwart a terrorist attack following a bunch of dubious bank transfers, which are being carried out by a rising Islamic terrorist.  The inaugural season set the platform for a second installment and here's what we know about the series so far.

And, although the season one finale set up a Russia-based story arc, Jim  Greer asked Ryan to join the mission. While the biggest novel in the Ryanverse is essentially 'The Hunt for Red October', season two will borrow its storyline from 'Clear and Present Danger', which sees Ryan travel to South America.

Release date

Season two of 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' will premiere on Friday, November 1.

Plot

Last we saw, Ryan's boss, Jim Greer was transferred to Moscow to be the station chief and he invites Ryan to leave the CIA and join him in the field. For the Tom Clancy fans, this means, the agent is a step closer to what he did in the novels.  According to Screenrant, the premise reads: "Jack Ryan confronts the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime in South America." The story is in tune with his best-selling novel and the hit film, 'Clear And Present Danger', where Jack took on the South American drug trade while exposing corruption within the U.S. government.

So while it looks like Ryan may start off in Russia, he may have to trot off to South America on a mission. The second season too will have eight episodes.

Season one also set up the love story between Ryan and Dr Cathy Muller, who the book series fans know, is destined to be his wife. Season 2 will explore this relationship further, and explore how they work as a couple especially with Ryan so far away from her physically.

Season two's official logline reads: "After tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack's investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia and Venezuela to unravel the President's nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos."

Cast

John Krasinski as Jack Ryan

From an analyst to a field agent. (IMDb)

A former Marine and a financial analyst working with the CIA, Jack Ryan is a part of T-FAD, the sector that monitors terror, finance and arms. He is eventually shown heading off to France and Turkey where he assists Jim Greer in taking down an Islamic terrorist, Suleiman.

In the trailer for the new season, he also looks leaner, meaner and fitter than he did in the pilot season. It certainly looks like after the upcoming season, people will forget the fact that Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and even Chris Pine have embodied this character. He is making Jack Ryan synonymous with John Krasinski.

Wendell Pierce as Jim Greer

Wendell Pierce plays the role of a grumpy CIA station officer to perfection. (IMDb)

Pierce plays James Greer, Ryan's boss in T-FAD. He was previously the local CIA station chief in Karachi and is transferred to Russia at the end of season 1. Even though Greer is in Russia and Ryan is in Venezuela in the second season, Pierce has promised that their storylines will eventually meet.

Abbie Cornish 

Cornish played a key role as Dr. Mueller in figuring out the intentions of the Islamic terrorists in season 1 (IMDb)

Cornish plays Dr. Cathy Mueller, a specialist in infectious disease.

Another notable addition to the cast is Noomi Rapace ('Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'). The Swedish actress will play Harriet “Harry” Baumann, a highly capable, intelligent and charming German Intelligence agent, who crosses paths with Ryan in South America.

While she was at the New York Comic-Con, Rapace revealed that she joined the show primarily for Krasinski. “I had met John when I did a film with [his wife] Emily [Blunt] years back,” EW quoted the actress as saying. “At the kick-off party, I played darts with him, with both of them. I really love those guys. They called about this job and sent me the pilot and I was like, ‘Oh my god, yeah, totally. I’m totally in.'”

John Hoogenakker as Matice, Michael Kelly as Mike November, Jovan Adepo as Marcus - a former special crewman in the Navy now repairing boats, Jordi Molla as Nicolas Reyes - the powerful and charismatic leader of a South American Country, Cristina Umaña as Gloria Bonalde, and Francisco Denis as Ubarri are the characters we will see in season 2 of ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’. Tom Wlaschiha ('Game of Thrones') will play a secret agent in the show as well. He will play Max Schenkel, a foreign operative with mysterious motivations.

Allan Hawco

Allan Hawco has been roped in to play Coyote in its upcoming political crime-thriller, 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' season 2. The 42-year old is best known for his starring role in 'The Republic of Doyle' (2010-2014) and more recently the 2018 mini-series 'Caught'.

Writer/Director

(L-R) Dennie Gordon, Zhang Ziyi and Wang Lee Hom pose for a photo during the red carpet event of the gala premiere of 'My Lucky Star' at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on September 13, 2013 in Singapore.

Dennie Gordon will helm a trio of episodes for 'Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 2. ' Gordon boasts of an impressive CV after having stints on shows such as 'Goliath', 'Power', 'Bloodline' and 'Hell on Wheels.' Co-creators and showrunners Carleton Cuse and Graham Roland are set to return as creative masterminds while Krasinski serves as the executive producer.

News

It has been confirmed that Phil Abraham and Dennie Gordon will both serve as executive producers for season 2. While Abraham will direct the first two episodes, Gorden will direct the three after that.

Dina Shihabi was nominated for Critics' Choice Television Awards in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category and John Krasinski was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series, for their portrayals of Hanin Ali and Jack Ryan respectively.

As reported by EW, Krasinski said  his titular character will be a “changed man.” “This is a guy who very openly stated, ‘Here’s all the work. Go get the bad guys. I don’t want to be a part of it,’ ” Krasinski said of the onscreen CIA operative. “But now his eyes have been opened and he can’t go back.”

The series also managed to infuriate a few. After the trailer for the new season dropped in September, Venezuela’s culture minister accused the series of promoting the invasion of the South American nation, especially since season 2 seemingly puts Caracas at the centre of a global conspiracy that involves nuclear weapons.

Trailer

The first trailer for season two of 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' is indicative of the Amazon series being a lot more action-packed than the first one, with Ryan seemingly willingly in the heart of things, unlike the previous season where he was content working from a desk. There is quite a bit of running, jumping, and shooting that Ryan is forced to be part of.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Krasinski promised that fans will get to see a changed Ryan. He said "This is a guy who very openly stated, 'Here's all the work. Go get the bad guys. I don’t want to be a part of it'. But now his eyes have been opened and he can't go back."

In season 2, the focus of the series has shifted from the Middle East to South America, and the trailer proves that the series is heavily borrowed from the book 'Clear and Present Danger.'



 

Watch this space for more updates on 'Jack Ryan' Season 2.

An official trailer for the show has now been released:



 

"What’s the most major threat on the world stage?" Krasinski’s Ryan asks at the beginning of the trailer. "Venezuela is the single greatest resource of oil on the planet, so why is this country in the midst of one of the greatest humanitarian crises in history?"The rest of the footage sees him tackle baddies, jump off a plane and leap buildings  The United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela are all shown in fleeting glimpses to unravel the Venezuelan President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos. Noomi Rapace and Michael Kelly are seen in the trailer as well.

If you look forward to 'Jack Ryan 2', you may also like:

'Taken'

'Shooter'

'Homecoming'

'Condor'

'Berlin Station'

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