Alec Baldwin will take on a comfortable identity as the CIA's Jack Ryan in film adaptations of two Tom Clancy best sellers.

Baldwin starred as the intelligence sleuth in Paramount Picture's "The Hunt for Red October," the screen version of Clancy's submarine chase thriller that also featured Sean Connery."Red October" has grossed more than $120 million since its release in March.

Screenplays were being written for Clancy's "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger," Paramount said last week.

Baldwin has starred in "Beetlejuice," "Alice," "Talk Radio" and "Married to the Mob."