While many sources have reported that Star Trek’s Chris Pine has been up for a role in the growing DC Cinematic Universe, it hasn’t clear exactly which role was leaning towards. Now, it seem as though the rumors and decisions can be put to rest, as it looks like Chris Pine will play Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman movie.
The Wrap is reporting that Pine has agreed to make his DC debut opposite Gal Gadot when Wonder Woman gets her stand-alone film in 2017. There were some reports that said Pine was considering a role in Green Lantern Corps in addition to the part in Wonder Woman, so either Pine decided he’d rather play the Trevor role, or he was never really up for the Green Lantern part in the first place.
It’s also possible the Trevor part was just a sweeter deal. The deal with DC includes multiple pictures and possible sequels. The Green Lantern film won’t be hitting theaters until 2020, and after the last time they tried that, it may be that DC just wasn’t willing to commit that much to the Lantern. Wonder Woman is the strongest female character in the comic world, and lots of fans who haven’t been happy with the way Marvel has been handling women are anticipating this one. DC may have been willing to offer more since they know they have a hot property here.
In the most traditional version of Wonder Woman’s origin, Steve Trevor is a fighter pilot who crashes on Princess Diana’s (Wonder Woman’s) home island of Themyscira, where he is nursed back to health. Unfortunately, men aren’t actually allowed to be on the island, so Wonder Woman finds herself torn between worlds. She ultimately returns with him, which is how she enters our world. Since we know Diana will already be part of the DC universe after next summer’s Batman v. Superman, odds are that story will be reworked, unless it’s all told as flashbacks.
Previously it was rumored that Scott Eastwood’s character in next year’s Suicide Squad was going to be Steve Trevor, but that turned out to not be the case. Of course, now there’s are new rumors to cover those old rumors about Eastwood, so we’ll just have to wait and see who he turns out to be.
Pine, who is currently filming a small indie sci-fi flick called Star Trek: Beyond, being cast in the role likely means that Steve Trevor will be more than just a simple love interest for Gal Gadot’s lead, though we wouldn’t mind seeing him as a "dude in distress" at least once in the movie. We’re still waiting to get some script details in order to know for sure. Wonder Woman is currently set for a June 23, 2017 release.