After the blockbuster success of “Star Trek,” Chris Pine has taken his time picking his follow up project. That’s all about to change and smartly, Captain Kirk is not going at it alone. Instead, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Pine will join Denzel Washington in the new Fox thriller “Unstoppable.”
Directed by Tony Scott, whose latest “The Taking of Pelham 123” is already receiving strong reviews, “Unstoppable” finds a train engineer (Washington) about to be laid off and a cheaper newbie (Pine) arriving to replace him. What should coincidentally occur at this same moment? How about an out of control freight train with enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas on board to knock out a major city? And yes, the veteran and his replacement have to join forces to stop it. Insert edgy action sequences and witty banter and you have a potential hit action flick.
Pine has also been mentioned for the leading role in “Green Lantern” (seemingly awarded to Bradley Cooper instead) and the comedy “Friends with Enemies.” However, the only other project that has definitely on his upcoming slate has been a role in the play “Farragut North” alongside Chris North which opens June 24 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Theatre.
“Unstoppable” will mark the fifth collaboration between Scott and Washington after “Pelham,” “Man on Fire,” “Crimson Tide” and “Deja Vu.”
Previous reports have set “Unstoppable” beginning production sometime this fall.