In August it was reported that Star Trek scribe Alex Kurtzman will be making his feature directorial debut with a Steven Spielberg produced family drama Welcome to People, and now there is a hint that they are interested in bringing in Star Trek’s Chris Pine to star in the film. Plus we have the latest images and poster from Pine’s new film Unstoppable.
Pine considered for Kurtman-directed family drama
Alex Kurtzman’s first time behind the camera for a feature film (he has directed some TV episodes) will be for the family drama Welcome to People, from a script by Kurtzman and his long-time writing partner (and fellow Star Trek scribe) Roberto Orci. The film is being produced by Kurtzman and Orci’s KO Paper Products for Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks, and today the usually reliable ProductionWeek posted the following on Twitter:
Hearing that Chris Pine, Rachel McAdams & Meryl Streep have been mentioned for the cast of Alex Kurtzman’s family drama "Welcome To People"
If cast Pine would be playing a struggling twentysomething man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister. It is likely McAdams is being considered for the part of the sister with Streep for an unknown part (but a good guess would be his mother).
Of course "mentioned" is a long way from "cast" so at this point it is sounds like the team has a wish list and are interested in Pine, McAdams and Streep, all of whom have active careers. But Kurtzman certainly already has a relationship with Chris Pine through Star Trek, so that may help make the connection.
UPDATE: Pine in talks for Welcome To People
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the Production Week tweet, and reports that Pine is “in talks” for the role in Welcome to People.
UPDATE 2: Clooney doesn’t get Pine for Farragut North
Recently it was reported that George Clooney wanted Pine to reprise his stage role in the film adaption of the play Farragut North. Regarding that film Pine told MTV he had not been approached officially but said it would be "f—ing awesome" to work with George Clooney. However, it seems that Pine wont be adding this film to his schedule as Deadline is now reporting that Clooney has tapped Ryan Gosling for the lead.
Everybody Wants Chris + new Unstoppable stills/poster
Right now Chris Pine has just started shooting the action comedy This Means War in Vancouver, along with Reese Witherspoon and his on-screen rival Tom Hardy (aka Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis). It isn’t clear when Welcome to People is slated to start production, but Pine could probably fit another film in between This Means War and the Star Trek sequel which should start production next Summer. The actor is also attached to the next Jack Ryan movie Moscow, which recently picked up a new writer (Sherlock Holmes scribe Anthony Peckham) and is also expected to be shot in 2011.
Chris Pine will next be seen alongside Denzel Washington in the Tony Scott-directed runaway train movie Unstoppable, which comes out November 12th. Fox has released another poster and some more stills for the movie.