Today is the birthday of Chris Pine. Star Trek’s new Captain Kirk is turned 31. All of us here at TrekMovie would like to wish the new Captain a Happy Birthday. TrekMovie also takes a look at what’s next from Pine and we have some pictures of Chris from the summer showing he has been doing more facial hair experimentation.
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.
Lots of Pine for 2012 (and beyond)
Chris followed up his role on Star Trek to work with Tony Scott and Denzel Washington on the runaway train movie Unstoppable, which came out last fall. Chris wont be seen on screen in 2011, but he has already shot two films coming out in early 2012. Chris stars alongside Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Banks in the family drama Welcome to People which was written and produced by Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and directed by Kurtzman (his first time directing). Chris will also be seen in the McG-directed action comedy This Means War where he fights Tom Hardy for the affections of Reese Witherspoon. Pine is also voicing the role of Jack Frost for the animated film Rise of the Guardians which is currently in production and comes out November 21, 2012.
Of course Pine will also star in the Star Trek sequel which (in theory) could also be coming out in 2012. His next project is reportedly Paramount’s reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, but that project is currently delayed. And with Pine’s regularly reported to be on the short list of casting agents and directors, there will be much more to come from Chris.
Pine’s summer of the beard
This summer Chris has been experimenting more with his facial hair. Here are photos from June and July with the actor.
Actor Chris Pine (L) and writer/director J.J. Abrams attend "Super 8" Los Angeles Premiere after party held at Regency Village Theatre on June 8, 2011 in Westwood, California. (WireImage)
Chris Pine, Daveigh Chase, Danny Masterson and Ben Shulman attend the Rebecca Minkoff Shop In Shop event at Confederacy on July 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (WireImage)