A long, long time ago, before Chris Pine was Captain Kirk, he had a very different kind of role; one of the three psychotic Tremor Brothers (alongside Kevin Durand and Maury Sterling), "Mad Max"-like neo-Nazis who stole the show in Joe Carnahan's fun-on-paper, less-so-in-practice "Smokin' Aces." The film didn't make much of an impact, and many forget that Pine was even in, but he clearly made an impression on the director; Carnahan wanted to cast Pine alongside George Clooney in his film version of James Ellroy's "White Jazz" (and in his Escobar movie "Killing Pablo") only to be foiled when Pine was cast in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot.
Neither of Carnahan's pictures ever came together, but with the filmmaker coming off the strong reviews of "The Grey," and Pine about to top up his stardom with this week's "Star Trek Into Darkness," the two are finally set to reteam, on Carnahan's low-budget comedy/thriller "Stretch." Announced back at the American Film Market in November, the film will star Patrick Wilson as a chauffeur who starts working for a billionaire who makes his life hell.
Pine's role is reportedly a cameo, according to The Wrap, so it sounds like we'll be seeing someone else play that billionaire. But either way, Pine's presence surely won't hurt the foreign pre-sales, and that's the whole point... The film's being shopped at Cannes this week, and if the money comes together, it should shoot later in the year.