I wouldn’t call this an official confirmation, but it’s pretty much the next best thing. According to director Joe Carnahan via his personal blog, actor Chris Pine has accepted an offer to play Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek film being produced by J.J. Abrams. We had heard last week that Pine had become the frontrunner for the role (replacing earlier reports of Mike Vogel) but that he had a scheduling conflict with Carnahan’s next film, White Jazz. After some deliberation, it seems that Trek presented him an opportunity to go where no man (aside from William Shatner) had gone before, and so he decided to bow out of White Jazz.
Pine has previously starred in Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces, in addition to such films as The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Blind Dating, and opposite Lindsay Lohan in Just My Luck. There’s no question that up until now, he has been seen as a bit of a heartthrob, appearing mainly in romantic comedies. And although I lamented the potential casting of Mike Vogel for this very reason, I think now I realize that it’s a smart move on the part of J.J. Abrams and his team to bring on board someone with some sex appeal. Who knows, maybe some women will actually be tempted to go see this new Star Trek film after all! In the end, it’s all about expanding the audience for this franchise, and I think there’s a good chance they may achieve that. Whether or not it will feel anything at all like Star Trek still remains to be seen.