It’s time once again to check in on one of the actors expected to return for the next Star Trek feature film, this time star Chris Pine, who’s still waiting for a script but is ready to keep playing Kirk.
Pine ready for more (and more) Kirk
In an interview with the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast (that appears to have been recorded before news broke about director Matt Shakman exiting the project), Chris Pine again talked about how he and his Star Trek co-stars are in the dark about what’s going on but ready to return for a fourth film:
I think reporters think that we know more than we’re saying. And when I say that I honestly—none of us know anything. I haven’t seen a script. All I heard was that they said we’re making a film. I am so stoked for that idea and possibility as we all are, but it’s so premature to say anything because there’s no date, no nothing. But I’m pretty positive we’d all come back. I don’t see why not.
Chris Pine was 28 when first cast to play James T. Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek movie, which was his first major role. Now 42, he is considered one of the “Hollywood Chrises.” He last played Kirk in 2016’s Star Trek Beyond; on the podcast, the actor talked more about the idea of getting to return to the role throughout his career:
It’s super cool. I love the idea. It’s very rare to get a chance to play one character over the entire essentially course of your career. If I had the chance to do that, I think it would be so cool. So, so cool. So hopefully we get to do it.
For now, Pine will have to wait as Paramount looks for a new director to helm the project, which is still on their calendar for release on December 22, 2023—the film will almost certainly get a new date as soon as Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams get the project going again.
Pine becomes a meme at Venice Film Festival
Chris Pine has been trending this week, with a stream of photos and videos coming out of the Venice Film Festival where he is promoting his upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling. This clip is an example of some of the fun people have been having with him.
Chris Pine’s soul leaves his body as he listens to Harry Styles explain concept of movies
— billboard pop ➐ (@bilIboardpop) September 5, 2022
Photos of Pine looking distracted during a press conference really lit up Twitter, turning Pine into a meme. TrekMovie even got in on the fun.
— TrekMovie.com (@TrekMovie) September 6, 2022
There was also some controversy over a moment during the movie premiere when it appeared that co-star Harry Styles may have spit on Pine, which blew up so much it had to get an official response from Styles’ camp, who gave a statement to Variety calling it “a ridiculous story.” Chris Pine’s rep backed this up with the Hollywood Reporter. This spit story was so big went beyond the entertainment media, getting coverage from both CNN and the BBC.
"Spit Gate" is no more.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 6, 2022
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