Today is the birthday of Chris Pine. Star Trek’s new Captain Kirk is turning the big 3-0. All of us here at TrekMovie would like to wish the new Captain a Happy Birthday. Plus we have an update on what Chris is up to (including the latest project he was in consideration for), plus a look at the new poster and a still from Pine’s next movie, Unstoppable.
Happy Birthday, Captain
Chris Pine took on a big challenge when he signed on to play James T. Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek movie. The actor had been getting some good buzz and was juggling offers, but decided to take the risky move of taking on a role that some said could not be done. But as this clip shows, the actor was able to make the role his own.
Pine’s turn as Kirk catapulted the actor into the big time, turning him into a genuine star (along with the paparazzi to prove it).
Pine Almost Led Third Paramount Franchise? + Unstoppable Poster & Still
For now Chris’ dance card is full. After Star Trek he went on to work with director Tony Scott on the runaway train action movie Unstoppable, with Denzel Washington. Pine’s next project is This Means War, an action comedy directed by McG where Pine plays a spy battling another spy (played by Star Trek Nemesis baddie Tom Hardy) over the affections of a woman (Reese Witherspoon).
In 2011 Pine has the Star Trek sequel, and his first go as the new Jack Ryan in the film Moscow, both major Paramount franchises. And today Deadline reported that Paramount was also eying Pine to step into another one of their properties – Mission: Impossible. The fourth Mission film is currently in pre-production (produced by JJ Abrams) and the studio has been looking for an actor to star alongside Tom Cruise — to potentially carry the franchise into the future. According to Deadline, Pine was considered for the role, but since he was too booked up, they went with Jeremy Renner (star of The Hurt Locker).
Unstoppable comes out on November 12th of this year. A trailer was released earlier this month (see previous article) and 20th Century Fox has just released the first poster and a still.