Chris Pine Confirmed as Captain Kirk
Nearly a week ago news broke that young actor Chris Pine was in discussions to play Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. The issue was that he had to choose between either the role of Kirk or a role in Joe Carnahan's White Jazz because they both overlapped filming schedules. Well, Carnahan confirms on his official blog that Pine ended up choosing Star Trek over White Jazz - a choice everyone knew he would make. Who would pass up playing Captain Kirk?!
That's it - Chris Pine is now confirmed as the legendary Captain Kirk that William Shatner made infamous. Star Trek will shoot from November through March and hit theaters on Christmas Day in 2008. That now solidifies the complete cast: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zach Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, John Cho as Sulu, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. Even Carnahan gave him full support in making the choice.
You don't get opportunities like that often and I told him as long as he could control as much of that process as possible and not get sucked into doing lesser sequels as a result of taking this gig, then good luck and God bless.
Now the question is if Pine will deliver. I recently had the opportunity to see Pine in Just My Luck recently and although it/he was better than I was expecting, it wasn't a career defining role. However, the fact that he played a neo-Nazi in Smokin' Aces is a definite confirmation that he can really play diversified characters. And more than anything I'm confident in J.J. Abrams' choices. So with that, I can definitely expect Pine to deliver solidly as Kirk. What do you think?