Chris Pine is Captain Kirk
Joe Carnahan has revealed that Chris Pine has chosen to be the young Captain Kirk in the J.J. Abrams rebirth of the Star Trek franchise.
The reason that Carnahan broke the news is that he had offered Pine a role in White Jazz, and was awaiting his decision on which film he would choose. Finally he chose Star Trek, and Carnahan can't blame him.
In his post on his own blog he says the following:
"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."
Once again Joe Carnahan shows what a decent bloke he is and gave Chris Pine some strong advice on the role selection, something that when you're blinded by the thought of playing Kirk in Star Trek for J.J. Abrams you might not otherwise think on.
"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"
He also reveals that he's already put aside a place for Pine in his upcoming Killing Pablo film, so it means that he's impressed with him as an actor. Could this be good news for Kirk then?
Previously Carnahan had talked about the rumour of Pine going for Kirk and said that he wouldn't confirm or deny it, well now he's confirmed it and Pine is heading off on the Enterprise - whatever it may look like.
Strangely I'm not sure if he made the right decision. I say strangely because usually I would be all over an Abrams film, but I have this nagging feeling that things may not turn out that well for the film, as does Josh over at Cinema Blend who writes an open letter to Abrams worrying about the film's secrecy.
I suspect that signing up for Kirk will involve just what Carnahan was warning against, plenty of sequels no matter who is involved. The choice may be out of his hands on that one.