It’s about to get hot in here.
Multiple insiders told Variety that “Star Trek” actor Chris Pine is in negotiations to join the DC Cinematic Universe as Steve Trevor, the love interest of Wonder Woman. He is expected to make his first appearance in the “Wonder Woman” origin movie. Warner Bros. did not respond to a request for comment.
Created by William Moulton Marston, Steve Trevor made his first comic book appearance alongside Wonder Woman in 1942’s “All Star Comics #8”. In the comic books, Trevor is an intelligence officer in the United States Army during World War II. During a mission, his plane crash-landed on Paradise Island, the isolated homeland of the Amazons.
Amazon princess Diana, who nursed him back to health, fell in love with him and followed him when he returned to the outside world. She then became Wonder Woman and also his co-worker, Diana Prince. The character of Steve Trevor has been rebooted several times over the years. During the Silver Age, he was killed and replaced by Steve Howard, which was actually Eros’ spirit in the dead Steve’s body. The 3rd Steve, who came from another universe (Earth-270), appeared after the 2nd Steve died. They were eventually merged into one by Aphrodite.
Word on the street suggested that Scott Eastwood was originally set to portray Trevor, but sources told Variety that the actor, who was given a choice to test for the role, opted to sign on for a guaranteed supporting part in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” instead.
A number of actors were also tested for the role of Trevor, but Warner Bros. ultimately decided to go with a straight offer from a list of high profile names instead. Best known for portraying Captain James T.Kirk in the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise, Chris Pine emerged as the studio’s top choice after winning over productions execs and Gadot at his meeting.
Director Michelle MacLaren was originally set to direct “Wonder Woman”, but she departed from the project due to creative differences. “Monster” director Patty Jenkins stepped in as Maclaren’s replacement and will be directing based on a script written by Jason Fuchs. Charles Roven is executive producing the DC Comics tentpole for Atlas Entertainment, with Zack Snyder producing.
UPDATE (29th July, 1:40pm):
Several insiders told TheWrap that Chris Pine has closed a deal to play Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman”.
The plot details remain under wraps, but it was revealed that Trevor will not be a love interest for Gadot’s Diana Prince. TheWrap reported that “there will be plenty of action to keep him busy”. The report also successfully debunked the rumour that Pine is going to play Jordan in the upcoming “Green Lantern Corps”
Pine, who is currently in production on heist film “Comancheria”, will be seen next in “Star Trek 3″, “Z For Zacharia”, and Disney‘s “The Finest Hours”. Gadot is expected to make her first appearance as the Amazon princess in Synder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in March 2016.
The “Wonder Woman” solo movie will hit cinemas on 23rd June 2017.