A few days ago it was reported that Chris Pine was offered the role of James T. Kirk in the upcoming J.J. Abrams film Star Trek. It’s now been confirmed that the actor will take on the role.
The casting was confirmed by director Joe Carnahan on his blog:
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. You don’t get opportunities like that
often and 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, then good luck and God bless.
We’re sure to do something down the road. I’ve already slotted him in for
Pine had to choose between Star Trek or White Jazz due to what would have been conflicts in the shooting schedules of both films.
Only three leading roles have yet to be cast; McCoy (offered to Karl Urban) and Kirk’s parents.
Source: Smokin’ Joe Carnahan