Black Panther and Creed actor Michael B. Jordan is expected to take on the role of John Clark, the son of Irish Americans, in Paramount’s upcoming adaptation of Tom Clancy’s exceptional novel Without Remorse. The film is expected to debut on September 18, 2020.
In the book, Clark is a retired U.S. Nary SEAL who recently lost his wife Patricia in a car accident. He picks up a hitchhiker named Pam and discovers she’s a drug mule and prostitute for Henry Tucker’s cartel. Clark, whose original name was John Kelly, rehabs Pam and the two begin a romance. However, while driving through Baltimore, Pam is recognized and the cartel eventually captures her, tortures her, gang rapes her, and kills her.
After recovering from his own injuries, Kelly becomes a one-man killing machine as he works outside of the law to take down Tucker’s cartel. However, Kelly is eventually called back to serve his country. He is recruited to rescue Air Force colonel and F-105 pilot Robin Zacharias who is being interrogated by a Soviet colonel in the jungles of Vietnam. When he returns back stateside, he continues his war against the cartel, and attempts to stay under the radar as both federal agents and Baltimore police begin closing in on him as he’s left a bloody trail in his wake.
Jordan will be the third actor to portray John Clark. Willem Dafoe portrayed the agent in the 1994 adaptation of Clear and Present Danger opposite Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. Liev Schreiber brought him to life in the 2002 film Sum of All Fears opposite Ben Affleck’s Jack Ryan.
Michael B. Jordan is expected to produce the film alongside Akiva Goldsman. Stefano Sollima is currently in talks to direct the film. Variety reports that Taylor Sheridan will write the screenplay.
Jordan is also attached to portray John Clark in a potential Rainbow Six film, which could act as a sequel to Without Remorse.
Without Remorse and Rainbox Six aren’t the only Tom Clancy adaptations at work. Amazon Studios recently released the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski on Amazon Prime. The entire first season is streaming now.
What do you make of Michael B. Jordan taking on the role of John Clark? Are you excited about Without Remorse?