Could Chris Pine be beaming from one high profile genre movie to another? Today the Internet has been abuzz with rumors that Star Trek’s new Kirk may be the lead in Warner Brother’s new Green Lantern movie. However, there is a new report that says the rumors are not true, more below.
Pine 2nd Trek star to be rumored as green ring bearer
Warner Brothers first announced a new live-action movie based on the DC Green Lantern comics back in 2007. More recently things have heated up with the announcement that Casino Royale director Martin Campbell will helm the film and they set a release date (December 17, 2010), with cameras rolling in September. The next big question was who will play Hal Jordon, the fighter pilot who, after getting a ring of power from some aliens, becomes the ‘Green Lantern’ and protector of Earth. A few names have been floating around to take the lead but nothing has yet to be officially announced. Just a few weeks ago Latino Review reported that Star Trek’s new Chekov Anton Yelchin (who is also in the new Terminator) was under consideration. However Yelchin soon denied this.
And today the name getting all the buzz was another Star Trek actor, Chris Pine. It started this morning when IESB reported that Pine was the top of a short list of actors. Later on Latino Review backed them up, and reporting that their source says Pine had been offered the role. However this evening Collider is reporting the IESB and LR stories "are just NOT true." Collider’s Steve Weintraub also notes that they were also quick on the ball to quash Latino Review’s Yelchin rumor, and it is the same source telling them the Pine rumors are not true.
TrekMovie cannot confirm or debunk any of this. However it is noteworthy that just last week Collider had an exclusive interview with Green Lantern producer Donald DeLine. I also have to agree with Frosty at Collider that Internet casting rumors are annoying. Remembering back to when the Star Trek movie was being cast, this site was running casting rumor debunks on a weekly basis, sometimes more than that. Chris Pine was recently honored as "a star of tomorrow" and so his name will get added to all sorts of projects. It is possible this one is true, but for now it is looking less likely.
TrekMovie.com contributor, and editor of GreenLanternFilm.net, Ed Gross can’t confirm the rumor either, but he had this to say about Pine possibly taking on the role:
Green Lantern has become one of DC’s hippest and most popular characters thanks to the efforts of writer Geoff Johns, and Chris Pine is about to relaunch Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek. Truth be told, given what we’ve seen of Pine as Kirk, it’s a pretty easy buy that he could star in both franchises. In a lot of ways, Kirk and Hal Jordan are men of a similar ilk and Chris looks like he can pull them both off.
Ed also has an article up on Pine and Green Lantern up at his site, which includes this cool illustration by Tom Holtkamp.