Christopher Whitelaw Pine (born 26 August 1980; age 33), known simply as Chris Pine, portrays James T. Kirk in the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.
When it was originally announced that Pine was in negotiations to play Kirk in Star Trek, he was also in talks to star with George Clooney in the film White Jazz. This project would have reunited Pine with his Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan. It was Carnahan who first broke the news that Pine had decided to do Star Trek instead of White Jazz. Trekmovie.com soon after confirmed that Pine had signed on to play Kirk.
Since being cast as Kirk, Pine has acquired an increased amount of recognition. The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety have all named him one of the rising stars to watch in 2009. He was also named the Male Star of Tomorrow at the 2009 ShoWest exhibit in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2010 Pine received two MTV Movie Award nominations in the categories Best Breakout Star and Biggest Badass Star for his work on Star Trek.
Pine also received a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards in 2009, two Teen Choice Award nominations in 2009, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards in 2010 as part of the ensemble of Star Trek. The ensemble won the 2009 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards in the category Best Ensemble Cast.
Pine joined his fellow Star Trek co-stars and lent his voice to the video game Star Trek, which was released in 2013. Between January and May 2012, he filmed his scenes for Star Trek Into Darkness. Pine got the chance to conduct the orchestra during a visit to the recording of Star Trek Into Darkness’s score composed by Michael Giacchino.