Our very own George Marston found a juicy bit from the rumor mill over the weekend:
The film gossip site CinemaSpy is reporting that Chris Pine, whom you will all remember as James T. Kirk in last year’s blockbuster Star Trek, is rumored to be the current front runner for the part of Steve Rogers in the upcoming Captain America film adaptation. The tip comes, unsurprisingly, from an anonymous informant who claims to be well connected at Paramount. Pine is currently attached to the Star Trek sequel, as well as the part of Jack Ryan, last inhabited by Ben Affleck; however, his filming schedule does appear to have a Captain America-sized hole in it later this year, and the start date for the film is fast approaching.
Director Joe Johnston has reportedly been auditioning younger actors (between the ages of 23 and 32) for the role, which Pine fits, though it’s been said that he’s also focused on hiring an unknown. Again, this could be a complete fabrication, though Pine is a pretty hot name in genre films these days. He was also rumored to be a front runner for the role of Hal Jordan, which eventually went to Ryan Reynolds, and as previously mentioned he now carries the Jack Ryan films as well as Star Trek. Further, his onscreen father Chris Hemsworth is already attached to Thor, so Marvel is perfectly willing to mine the Star Trek talent pool.
It’s definitely a long shot; Pine’s got a full plate, and he’s already attached to some demanding roles, both of which are multi-film franchises. It seems unlikely that a studio would bank on someone who is already synonymous with such high profile characters as the face of one of their flagship characters. What say you, true believers? Can Pine support a third franchise? He’s proven he can handle the mantle of an iconic character, and few are more iconic than Captain America. He’s got more than enough charisma to be believable as the man who inspires Gods. If he splits the difference between his brash portrayal of Captain Kirk and the patriotic intensity of Jack Ryan, it could be a compelling performance for a young Steve Rogers, fresh out of Project: Rebirth. Sound off!