Chris Pine‘s portrayal of Kirk will combine the old and the new, with the character maturing over the course of Star Trek XI.
As reported by CNN, fans needn’t worry that Pine’s version of Kirk will be too different for them to accept. “I think that with this Jim Kirk you’ll get the flavor of the old,” said Pine. “I tried to bring my own take to it and do justice to what Mr. Shatner did before, but you get to see the full spectrum of Jim Kirk. There’s the young, bold, brash, cocky [quality] and I think there’s a maturity that happens within the arc of the character in the movie that’s really fun that I think people will respond to.”
Pine also spoke about Karl Urban‘s portrayal of Leonard McCoy, assuring fans that Urban was up to the task of playing the sometimes cranky doctor. “Urban is, oh, he’s fantastic,” said Pine. “I think when people see what Karl did with the role they’re going to be blown away. I mean, it was a shock when I found out that he was doing it; he’s such a great-looking guy. He’s such a leading man and to take on this classic character role…he is like the doppleganger of DeForest Kelley. But he brings his own Karl sensibility to it so people will really enjoy it.”
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