Chris Pine Signs On For Wonder Woman
With the strange dominance of men over the superhero genre, just about every aspect of Wonder Woman’s development has offered an intriguing role reversal. Warner Bros. and DC made the rare (but reassuring) decision to specifically seek a female director (Michelle MacLaren), only to part ways with her in April. They now have a replacement (Patty Jenkins), who found herself in the uncommon position of casting a man who will play second fiddle to a female hero. Women have been stuck playing this role in countless male-skewing superhero movies, but there was some uncertainty that a prominent male actor would be willing to submit to this subservient position. However, it now looks like Jenkins, Warner, and DC have found their man.
According to The Wrap, Chris Pine has officially signed on to play Steve Trevor, love interest of Wonder Woman’s secret identity, Diana Prince. While the specifics of the script are still under wraps, the comic incarnation of Trevor is a U.S. military intelligence officer, who Wonder Woman often rescues in moments of distress. In past animated productions, this character has been voiced by Nathan Fillion, George Newbern, and Tahmoh Penikett, while Lyle Waggoner played the role in the ’70s TV series.
No stranger to blockbuster franchises, Pine is currently in production on his third Star Trek movie. He also played the title character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a regrettable outing that is unlikely to lead to more sequels. If only Wonder Woman had come to his rescue during that shoot.