Chris Pine, Star Trek XI‘s Captain Kirk, is one of a handful of “hot, young Hollywood lights” who are on tap to replace old guard box office stars.
Pine, who can be seen on the cover of the second weekly edition of the Hollywood Reporter, is one of a new “A-list” which includes Taylor Lautner, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Renner, Shia LaBeouf, Taylor Kitsch, Sam Worthington and another Star Trek XI actor, Chris Hemsworth.
For actors like Pine, the rise in status gives them more opportunity to choose the roles they want. “To have just a bit more power to say yes and no is very appealing and intoxicating,” said Pine.
“I look at Clooney or Matt Damon,” said Pine. “Hopefully, being in movies that are more commercially minded allows you to pick stuff that maybe won’t appeal to everybody but for whatever reason satisfies something in your soul that you need to say.”