Chris Pine Joins the Cast of Tony Scott's Unstoppable Movie

June 4, 2009

Chris Pine

Hot off of his performance as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, actor Chris Pine has next been cast in Unstoppable, the Tony Scott directed runaway train movie. Denzel Washington was already cast as the lead and will play an experienced train engineer who is about to be laid off as part of company cutbacks. Pine will play the "newbie" conductor hired to replace him. The two find themselves in a race against time to stop an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city. The script was written by Mark Bomback of Live Free or Die Hard previously.

Unfortunately, this probably means that Pine won't be getting the rumored Green Lantern role, which was already debunked previously when we heard that Bradley Cooper was the top choice. I would've much rather preferred to see Pine join this as the villain, but as a young, probably cocky, hotshot replacement engineer, I'm sure he'll do just fine. Although, every time I read about Unstoppable, I get the feeling there is some sort of hidden villainous plot they've worked into the script. And maybe Pine will be the villain behind it all int he end anyway? We'll find out in due time. For now, Tony Scott has lined up a pretty sharp looking cast.

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  • samir
    so denzel washington plays an experienced train engineer. remind me again of his role in Taking Pelham 123 please.
  • On the surface, that sounds like an amazingly boring plot. I agree with your assertion that there must be something sinister going on and just we don't know about yet.
  • M
    I agree, there has to be somethign else going on, because that would just be a boring movie. Maybe it turns out Denzel's character is the bad one, who knows.
  • Nick Sears
    I can see with the built up success of Stark Trek, people would expect him to be the hero so the twist of having him as the villain at the end would be that much more unexpected. Not to us though, huh? Bwahahaha!
  • Felix
    "The two find themselves in a race against time to stop an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city" Hmm... replace the wonderful poisonous gas with Atomic Bomb and what movie do you get? I believe it was said in the "Tony Scott Directing an Unstoppable Train Action Movie" post. Really hope the other parts of the plot is better than that, atleast the other movie had some family elements when they run away from the radiation.
  • big r
    #1 thats the first thing that came to my mind as well.
  • Scott McHenry
    He'll do just fine. He's pretty darn entertaining.
  • Julius
    I've read this script, and I have to say that I'm VERY surprised that this would be the very next movie that Pine chooses as a follow up to "Star Trek". The script is well paced, with very solid, believable characters, and an interesting true life story, but it is just ... not .... that ... exciting. It's two guys (Denzel, Pine), on a train, heading towards another one. That's it. One would think that Pine would have his pick of high quality projects. And projects where he would be the star, rather than a sidekick to Denzel Washington. So it's a very curious choice. But who knows. It's pretty slow in Hollywood right now. And there just aren't that many roles available period. So maybe this was the best option among a number of mediocre ones. Nevertheless, a strange choice for Mr. Pine.
  • Last Son
    Cool casting. Pine was great in Star Trek and he will be an added bonus to this. Tony Scott and Denzel Washington have made some really cool flicks together (Man On Fire/De'ja Vu/Crimson Tide), and each time the casting has been spot on.
  • Fisherr
    Denzel and Pin...I'll be Dammed! The movie will be outrageous.
  • Fisherr
    Denzel and Pine...I'll be Dammed! The movie will be outrageous.
  • I hate movies like this... speed on a train. COME ON MR.PINE!!!!!!
  • Frame
    I think it's definitely a smart career move for Pine to co-star with such a respected actor as Denzel. I just feel that Tony Scott has not been in his game in years. That said, Denzel is one of my favorite actors of all-time and I'd hate to see him go down the road with the likes of, say, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I think he should just stick with hanging out with Tony's older brother.
  • Last Son
    #13 Frame; WTF do you mean Tony Scott has not been in his game for years. His last three films "Man On Fire, Domino and Deja Vu" where very good. Where as is older brother Ridley has made pretty ordinary films like "Kingdom Of Heaven, A Good Year and Body Of Lies". Don't get me wrong I think Ridley a great director but he is the one who has not been in the game over the past 8 years.
  • Tina
    Denzel that close to my house wish I could meet him.
  • Tim B
    They are currently filming this movie on a railroad track behind my mom and sisters house in central Pennsylvania. My sister said she just saw the train go by and Denzel was filming a fight scene on the back of the train. Sounds like they did work a villian into the plot.




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