Via Empire Online, here’s news that little known, but very much in demand actor Chris Pine has all but been confirmed as landing the much coveted role of young James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek 11 movie. Or at least that’s according to director Joe Carnahan (“Smokin’ Aces”), who writes in his blog about how Pine, who Carnahan has been trying to cast as the star in his upcoming crime movie “White Jazz”, has instead chosen to “go where no man has gone before”. But, says Carnahan, he still wants to work with the kid, namely in his other project, the Pablo Escobar movie “Killing Pablo”.
Here’s what Joe wrote:
The young man playing Junior Stemmons has opted to ‘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.
We’re sure to do something down the road. I’ve already slotted him in for KILLING PABLO.
I’m not sure how Abrams and Paramount is going to take Carnahan, someone unattached to the Trek film, exposing what is probably supposed to be a major reveal in the coming days. Oops?