Wonder Woman is about to get hot and heavy with Chris Pine. Sources tell Variety the “Star Trek” actor is in negotiations to join Gal Gadot in the upcoming superhero pic for Warner Bros.
Pine would play Gadot’s love interest Steve Trevor in the origin story. Warner Bros. had no comment.
Patty Jenkins, who recently replaced Michelle MacLaren, is directing from a script by Jason Fuchs. “Wonder Woman” will be released on June 23, 2017.
Charles Roven is exec producing the DC Comics tentpole for Atlas Entertainment. Zack Snyder, director of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is also producing.
In the comics, Steve Trevor was an intelligence officer in the United States Army during World War II whose plane crashed on Paradise Island, the isolated homeland of the Amazons. He was nursed back to health by the Amazon princess Diana, who fell in love with him and followed him when he returned to the outside world. There she became Wonder Woman (and also his co-worker, Diana Prince).
Rumors had suggested that Scott Eastwood had landed the part, but insiders tell Variety that Eastwood was given a choice to test for the Trevor role or sign on for a guaranteed supporting part in “Suicide Squad,” which he opted to take.
Warners tested a handful of other actors but later decided to look at more high-profile names and go with a straight offer. Pine won over production execs and Gadot at his meeting, leading the studio to pursue him for the role.
Pine, having starred as Captain Kirk in the last two “Star Trek” movies, is no stranger to the fanboy world, but “Wonder Woman” will mark his first venture into cinema’s most popular genre and should lead to more opportunities in DC’s Justice League universe. Gadot’s Wonder Woman, of course, plays a key role in Snyder’s forthcoming “Batman v Superman,” which arrives next March.
Wild Bunch’s newly created LA-based sales company Insiders is launching Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen.
Pine is set to play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation.
It is a directorial debut for actor and wrier Sheridan, whose writing credits also include action thriller Comancheria, another hot property at this year’s Cannes market.
Sicario producers Thunder Road and Peter Berg’s Film 44 are producing.
CBS Films announced today it has acquired U.S. rights to the action heist thriller Comancheria, which David Mackenzie is directing from a script by Sicario scribe Taylor Sheridan. Two brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, go on a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a West Texas Ranger, determined to bring them down. Jeff Bridges plays the law
Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg (Film 44) and Julie Yorn (LBI) will produce the film with Carla Hacken and Gigi Pritzker serving as executive producers. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment developed the project with Film 44. Odd Lot recently joined SKE on the film and will co-produce and co-finance. Pic starts May 26th in New Mexico.
Sierra Affinity will be selling international rights at the Cannes Film Festival. WME Global and UTA made the deal.
Chris was one of the many celebrities that attended the Giorgio Armani 40th Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy on April 30th. You can view photos in the gallery now.
Chris was looking causal and relaxed as he attended the 12th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit in Los Angeles, California on April 26th. You can view photos in the gallery now.