The Star Trek casting updates continue to come in. Last week we were told that Chris Pine was on the top of a small list to play James T. Kirk in Star Trek, but we were left with an entire weekend to ponder without a word. Closing out the first day of the week, none other than director Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) has popped up and hinted that Pine has most certainly accepted the gig to boldly go where yada yada yada.
Chris Pine Promoted to Captain Kirk
On Joe Carnahan's official blog, the director has announced that Chris Pine has bowed out of White Jazz to join Star Trek. He doesn't exactly say that but... well... just read on:
The young man playing Junior Stemmons has opted to 'boldly go where no man has gone before' and thus, had to bow out of WHITE JAZZ. I've been talking to him this past week and knew how tough the decision had to be for him. I don't envy ever being in that spot but I gave him my full support, even if it meant he didn't do JAZZ. I get it. 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.
Chris Pine worked with Carnahan previously on the set of Smokin' Aces -- he was one of the three neo-Nazis.
Expect tons more on this tomorrow. Or today, depending on where you're at.
Star Trek will warp into theaters Christmas Day, 2008.