Its official! Chris Pine is taking over one of the most iconic role in trek's federation history, as the New Captain James T. Kirk in director J. J. Abhram's Movie, Star Trek XI.
Chris Pine was originally set to do a movie with White Jazz director Joe Carnahan, who has stated on his official Blog that "the young man playing Junior Stemmons has opted to boldly go "where no man has gone before" Pure Logic seems to favor Pine playing Captain Kirk in the new Paramount movie instead of White Jazz.
Chris Pine joins a super sci fi cast that has James T. Kirk played by (himself), Spock sr.(leonard Nemoy), Young Spock(Zachary Quinto), Dr Leonard H. McCoy(Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), Pavel Chehov (Anton Yelchin), beauty Zoe Saldana as Uhura and the villian "Nero"(Eric Bana). Paramount Pictures is trekking Star Trek XI towards a 2009 release date.
Star Trek XI will bring into focus early encounters of Spock and Kirk during their formative Starfleet Academy years. Later our trek heros become embroiled against an undoubtedly crazed alien ("Nero") with designs of criminal and doomsday intent against the mighty united federation. Kirk will definately need a starship! (But who'd give him one? Remember Star Trek III, Kirk stole the Enterprise, now that was exciting but now we're dealing with unknown forces.)
So now Captain James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine) has a new crew which will need to depend upon each other instincts for survival. Pure speculation on my part nominates Spock sr.(Leonard Nimoy) influencing Kirk's crew to battle the forces of evil in the quadrant!
Kirk's first assignment after graduating from Starfleet Academy was aboard the U.S.S. Farragut. (Obsession TOS) One of his first missions as a young lieutenant was to command a survey mission to Tyree's planet in 2254. The date is conjecture but we assume Kirk was seventeen when he entered the academy.
For every new trek movie thats produced star trek canon becomes a factor, which will make J.J. Abrams movie an interesting challenge because they have to go back in time and obey multiple trek guidelines, stardates, events, etc. Paramount has the script and most of the actors with no William Shatner yet, so now to quote Captain Picard "Make it so". We trekkies/trekkers demand it.
Live Long and Prosper Trekkers!