Keira Knightley Admits Joining 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' To Lose Typecast For Tragic Roles

British actress Keira Knightley has revealed she was drawn to play 'Cathy Muller' in the newly released 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' because she was sick of portraying tragic heroines. The 28 year-old, who stars opposite Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh in the Tom Clancy inspired movie, spoke about the "fun" role at the film's European premiere in London's Leicester Square.

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley as 'Kathy Muller' in 'Shadow Recruit'

In recent years, Knightley's roles have something in common, at the end of the film she dies. This occurs in Anna Karenina (2012), A Dangerous Method (2011), Never Let Me Go (2010) and 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' (2012).

The Academy-Award nominee revealed, "I think when I finished doing Anna Karenina I realised that I'd been playing characters that pretty much died or something horrendous happened to them for about the last five years and I fancied doing something fun."

Continuing "I've never done a thriller before, and it's been a genre that I've really liked. It's a difficult one because you combine action with proper storytelling and it needs a proper storyteller to do it, so I was excited by the challenge."

Watch the 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' trailer here

Unlike the other movies based on Tom Clancy's famous character, 'Shadow Recruit' portrays the origins of Jack Ryan and how he began his career as a field agent as well as the start of his relationship with physiotherapist, Cathy Muller (Knightley).

The movie isn't based on any novels by the late author, but is a reboot of the old 'Jack Ryan' film series, depicting a completely original story. Knightley was also attracted to the role to see how a government agent balances work and a relationship.

She stated, "As far as the relationship between Jack and Cathy goes I was interested with the idea of what happens to a relationship when there is a secret, when there is something that can't be discussed, something that can tear two people apart even though they are completely in love."

Concluding, "I thought that was a very interesting part of the story, as far as what people who work in secret services have to give up and the emotional toll that it takes on them."

'Shadow Recruit' hit theatres in the US on January 17th 2014.

Chris Pine
Knightley stars alongside Chris Pine who plays 'Jack Ryan'


Tags: Keira Knightley


More Keira Knightley

A Week In Movies: Guardians Holds Two Premieres, Plus First Glimpses Of Fifty Shades, The Imitation Game And Mad Max: Fury Road

In the wake of especially strong buzz from critics who have seen the film, the cast of assembled for their world premiere in Los...

Andrew Hodges "Alarmed by The Inaccuracies" In 'The Imitation Game'

‘The Imitation Game’ tells the story of Alan Turing - a vital asset for the allied forces during the Second World War in cracking the...

Benedict Cumberbatch Stuns as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game' Trailer

It appears Benedict Cumberbatch has thrown his hat in the ring for next year's Oscars, playing Alan Turing in the forthcoming drama The Imitation Game....

The Imitation Game Trailer

Alan Turing is a mathematician whose genius leads him to be enlisted in a major code-breaking scheme during World War II, where he is set...


Apes, Transformers and Dragons: But Where Are The Women in the Summer Blockbusters 2014?

Summer has arrived (if you ignore the weekend rain) and so have some fantastic cinematic blockbusters.There’s exciting viewing for everyone: out-and-out action, talking apes on...

A Week In Movies: Hudson Wows New York, Planes And Pudsey Premiere, Plus New Trailers For Cave, Knightley And Witherspoon

A sleek and sexy Kate Hudson wowed the red carpet at the New York premiere of her new film Wish I Was Here. She was...

Laggies Trailer

Megan (Keira Knightley) is 28-years-old and she still hasn't got any sort of long term plan for her future. She earns a living as a...

Wimbledon 2014: Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Jackman & Keira Knightley Watch Epic Men's Final [Pictures]

Celebrities flocked to South London over the past fortnight to see the stars of the tennis court compete at Wimbledon. Stars from around the world...



Tom Cz's picture

Tom Cz

I'm sick of movies about government agents.

8 months 1 week ago
View Comments

Tom Cz's picture

Tom Cz

I'm sick of movies about government agents. They're not cool now that I know they're real and spying on everyone everywhere.

8 months 1 week ago
View Comments

Keira Knightley Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Keira Knightley

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All