Star Trek’s Chris Pine could be headed to Broadway. The actor is reportedly in talks to star alongside Scarlett Johansson in a revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Apparently Pine is now the leading contender for the part, with The Avengers’ Jeremy Renner also in the running. More details below.
Pine in talks for Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Today’s New York Times is citing anonymous sources for a report that Chris Pine is the leading contender to play the lead in a new revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize wining play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Tony-winner Scarlett Johansson is in talks for the role of Maggie, with Pine said to be in talks and currently beating out Johansson’s Avenger’s co-star Jeremy Renner for the role of Brick, Maggie’s alcoholic husband.
"Cat on A Hot Tin Roof" premiered in New York in 1955 and has been revived many times over the years, including twice in the last decade. Set in the bed-sitting room of a plantation in the Mississippi Delta, the play tells the story of the disintegration of a Southern family. This new revival is scheduled for the spring of 2013. The original 1955 production starred Ben Gazzara (and later Jack Lord) as Brick with Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie. The 1958 film version starred Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.
Posters for original Broadway premiere and film version of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
If he lands the role, this would be Pine’s first time appearing on Broadway. However, Pine has starred in several major stage productions in Los Angeles, including “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” “Farragut North” and “Fat Pig.” The actor won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance for his role in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore."
And for those keeping score, by the time William Shatner (Star Trek’s original Kirk) was Chris’ age, he had appeared in three plays on Broadway, including starring in "The World of Suzie Wong" for a 15-month run from October 1958 to January 1960.
Not mentioned in the New York Times article, but of concern to us here at TrekMovie.com, is how Pine would be able to actively promote the Star Trek sequel (with possible media appearances around the world like he did in 2009) if he was performing in a play in New York. Hopefully these issues are all part of the talks that are reportedly ongoing.
Scarlett Johansson in 2010 play "A View from the Bridge" & Chris Pine in 2010 play "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" – both in talks for Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"