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April 25, 2024

Chris attended last night, April 24th, the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Poolman’, his directorial debut. To celebrate the happy occasion, he decided to dress up as his character in the movie, Darren Barrenman. You can check all the photos from the event in our gallery:


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April 06, 2024

A new trailer for Chris directorial debut, “Poolman”, has been released exclusively by People Magazine! A new poster has been released as well. The movie will be in theaters on May 10.


Chris Pine is caught up in a criminal conspiracy in his star-studded directorial debut.

PEOPLE has the exclusive trailer for Pine’s Poolman, which he co-wrote, stars in and directs. The trailer shows the star as a Los Angeles pool attendee named Darren Barrenman, who is approached by a mysterious woman (DeWanda Wise) for his assistance with exposing a corrupt politician.

It was a flow state for months. There wasn’t time to think or get in my head,” Pine, 43, tells PEOPLE of directing himself in the movie, which comes more than 20 years after he first began acting in Hollywood. “It was so joyful and the most creative I’ve ever gotten to be on set.”

A synopsis for Poolman describes Pine’s character as “a native Los Angeleno who spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block and fighting to make his hometown a better place to live.”

“When he is tasked by a femme fatale to uncover the truth behind a shady business deal, Darren enlists the help of his friends to take on a corrupt politician and a greedy land developer,” the synopsis adds. “His investigation reveals a hidden truth about his beloved city and himself.”

Pine says, “We hope you leave the theater with a smile, feeling a little bit lighter than when you came in. Just a moment to escape the day-to-day with a story that delights.”

The star calls his character “a dreamer whose search for love and connection won’t be bullied into submission by a cynical world.”

“I like that kind of optimism and I think audiences will too,” adds Pine.


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March 14, 2024

It’s here! The first trailer for Chris Pine’s directorial debut, “Poolman”, has been released exclusively by Entertainment Weekly! The movie will be released in theaters on May 10th. Check it out:

Forget it, Poolman. It’s Chinatown.

Chris Pine plays a Los Angeles-based pool cleaner recruited to become an undercover detective in the zany trailer for Poolman, which EW can exclusively debut above. The mysterious comedy was also co-written, produced, and directed by the actor in his directorial debut.

“I hadn’t thought about directing until I happened upon this idea,” Pine tells Entertainment Weekly of stepping behind the camera for the first time. “It was the idea that really wouldn’t let go of me and wouldn’t let me wiggle out of directing duties. I loved having ownership of this creation from top to bottom. The ability to fully express myself was deeply satisfying.”

In the upcoming movie, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, Pine’s eccentric Darren Barrenman spends his days tending to the pool at his apartment complex, a Zen-like ritual he performs with precision. When he’s not poolside, he’s usually down at City Hall, passionately fighting to make Los Angeles a better place. But as sincere and good-intentioned as he is, Barrenman isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the pool shed.

When a mysterious femme fatale (DeWanda Wise) approaches him to help uncover corruption in the city, he enlists the help of best pals Dianne (Annette Bening) and Jack (Danny DeVito), as well as girlfriend Susan (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to crack the case.

“I love actors and there I was working with some of the best actors in our business,” says Pine of the stacked cast. “It was a marvel to watch them discover and create right in front of my eyes. And whatever anxiety I may have had directing Oscar winners evaporated quite quickly under the heat of ‘no money, no time.'”

A spin of the neo-noir genre — namely, Jack Nicholson’s Chinatown — with a pastel-hued comedic twist, the trailer sees Pine’s bohemian amateur sleuth staking out the lantern-lined streets of Los Angeles’ Chinatown in search of some leads and later, submerging himself underwater. A lizard and a tree — one that’s trying to tell Darren something about his past — also play into the mystery.

Poolman dives into theaters May 10.

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October 27, 2022

Hello! Amazing news, Chris’ directorial Debut “Poolman” got a UK Deal! The news were reported exclusively by Deadline and you can read more about it bellow:

EXCLUSIVE: Signature Entertainment has acquired UK and Irish rights to Chris Pine’s directorial debut Poolman from AGC Studios.

The film is led by Star Trek actor Pine and also stars Annette Bening (American Beauty), Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), DeWanda Wise (Jurassic World: Dominion), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me).

Poolman follows Darren Barrenman (Pine) as a lackadaisical pool boy cleaning the Tahitian Tiki apartment block pool and gate-crashing city council meetings with neighborhood friends Jack and Diane (DeVito, Bening). However, after discovering plans to rob Los Angeles of its water, Bannerman becomes a bohemian detective traversing L.A.’s celebrity and criminal underworlds, taking it upon himself to become the city’s savior.

The mystery-comedy, produced by Ian Gotler (Doula), Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Stacey Sher (Django Unchained), and Pine (Star Trek), is directed by Pine who co-wrote with Gotler.

The deal with AGC Studios was negotiated with Signature Entertainment’s Director of Acquisitions and Development Elizabeth Williams.

Williams said: “We are honored to be releasing the brilliant Chris Pine’s directorial debut Poolman, a truly original comedy that will charm, engross and surprise UK audiences.”

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