In 2017, Warner Bros. Pictures will release Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot, and become the first tentpole superhero movie with a female character in the lead. Now, the film’s supporting male role has been cast, locking one of the biggest actors in film today.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. is negotiating to cast Chris Pine (Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) to play test pilot Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot’s titular character in Wonder Woman. In most modern depictions of the character’s origin story, Trevor is an integral part of the reason why Princess Diana of Themyscira takes up super heroism in the first place, as Steve introduces her to the world beyond her home after he crash lands there, and is nursed back to health by Diana. In modern comics, he’s the government’s liaison for Wonder Woman in Washington, D.C. before being recruited by Amanda Waller for her counter-hero “Justice League of America.” This casting will likely prove disappointing to some fans, as Pine’s name has often come up as a viable replacement for Ryan Reynolds in the role of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in the upcoming DC Comics-based film universe. Still, fan casting aside, it’s hard to deny that Pine’s involvement would be a boon to any superhero project he would be a part of, especially a film like Wonder Woman.
Steve Trevor has previously appeared in most Wonder Woman-related media adaptations, most recently portrayed by voice actor Geroge Newbern in the animated films Justice League: War and Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. He was also played by Nathan Fillion in the Wonder Woman animated film from 2009. In the Lynda Carter-starring TV series of the 1970s, he was played by actor Lyle Waggoner. Reportedly, the studio wanted to seek a bigger name for the supporting role with a straight offer, even after testing several actors for the part. Pine apparently won over both studio executives and Gal Gadot herself, and if he’s cast it will be the actor’s first foray into superhero film. He’s expected to begin production on the upcoming sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness soon, reprising his lead role as Captain James T. Kirk. That film will release in the summer of 2016.
Wonder Woman will be released in 2017, and will be directed by Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Wonder Woman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Wonder Woman will be the fourth overall entry in DC Comics’ cinematic universe, following upon 2013′s Man of Steel, and 2016′s Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. For more on the film as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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