Chris Pine Inks Deal As Young Capt. Kirk In Next ‘Star Trek’

Chris Pine is going where only William Shatner has gone before.

Pine, the hot Hollywood up-and-comer, has closed his deal to star as the young Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pine (whose screen credits include “Smokin’ Aces” and “Just My Luck”) had long been rumored to be joining the cast, but has finally signed on the bottom line.

He joins the previously announced Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), Eric Bana (the villain, Nero) and Zachary Quinto (who most know as the evil Sylar from “Heroes”) as a young Spock.

It was also announced on Thursday that Karl Urban (who played Eomer in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy ) has been cast as USS Enterprise medical officer “Bones” McCoy.

Although plot details are being kept under wraps, it’s believed the film will follow the early days of the Enterprise crew.

Earlier this month, before Pine was confirmed, Zachary Quinto spoke with Access Hollywood about the idea of the 27-year-old actor playing Captain Kirk.

“I know Chris,” Quinto said. “I think he is a phenomenal actor. I would certainly love to work with him and I feel like he would be a really strong choice.”

Filming on “Star Trek” is scheduled to begin in November.

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