There is a new rumor sweeping across the Interweb this weekend, and it is yet another Chris Pine casting thing. Since the actor hit the big time after his performance as James T. Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek, Pine’s name seems to get attached to every big new project in Hollywood. This time the rumor is that he will be the new Captain America, however comments from the film’s director cast some doubt on this one.
Pine as Captain America?
The rumor sweeping around the film and genre sites this weekend started at Cinemaspy, which reported that an anonymous tipster told them that Chris Pine is the "frontrunner" on the short list for the actor to play Steve Rogers/Captain America in the upcoming Paramount movie The First Avenger: Captain America. Cinemaspy admits that this was sent into them as an unverified tip and they have "no way to authenticate it."
This is not the first time Pine’s name has come up with regards to a big project. In the past there was buzz and rumors about Chris Pine being cast in the new A-Team movie and as the new Green Lantern. Pine was recently tapped to be the next Jack Ryan, which is yet another Paramount franchise he will be heading up. So it is no surprise that Pine’s name gets floated as a rumor, and in all likelihood his name gets thrown around at casting meetings in Hollywood all the time as he is one of a small group of hot young actors.
Director looking for an unknown
However, it doesn’t appear that he is the kind of actor the director of The First Avenger: Captain America is looking for. Director Joe Johnston has said that he wants an American for the role (and Pine does qualify for that), however he has also made it clear that he wants an ‘unknown’. Courtesy of Collider, here are some comments from Johnston from the Wolfman a press conference last week.
Q: With the casting [Captain America], is it about finding the right person, or does it have to be a big name star?
Joe: No, we’re looking for a complete unknown.
Q: So, it won’t be a movie star in the part?
Joe: I hope not. I hope it’ll be somebody that we discover. He’s probably been in something, but you won’t know who he is. You won’t recognize him. And, we’ll surround him with more prominent names. That’s who we’re looking for. Will we find him? I don’t know. It’s tough.
Although you could argue that Pine was an ‘unknown’ before May 2009, that ship has sailed. Pine headlined one of the biggest movies of 2009 and has been featured on numerous magazine covers. He can barely get a cup of coffee these days without being hassled by the paparazzi. Pine is already co-starring with Denzel Washington in a the next big Tony Scott action movie, Unstoppable, now in post-production. And as noted before, he will be appearing in the next Star Trek movie and the upcoming Jack Ryan movies. Chris Pine certainly does not meet the director’s criteria of being a "complete unknown" that they "discover". Regardless, casting will be completed on the film by March 1st, and so we will know by then for sure, if not sooner.