Virtually from the moment a set photo leaked last year confirming “Wonder Woman’s” period setting, a rumor has circulated that Chris Pine would play not one but two roles in the Warner Bros. film: Steve Trevor, who crashes on Themyscira during World War I, and his grandson, who helps Diana in the present day. It’s an interesting rumor to be sure, but according to Pine, it’s also not true.
Asked by The Huffington Post whether he plays multiple roles opposite star Gal Gadot, the actor replied with a succinct “No.”
Luckily Pine had a little more to say when it came to what excited him about the role in “Wonder Woman.” “It was fun to fall in love with Gal Gadot,” he said. “It was fun to do some comedy. It was fun to do some action. The part kind of asked for a little bit of all of it, so it was a good time. I think what’s really fun and exciting about it … different about it, actually, is that there’s a nice love story at the center of an action film, and I don’t think you see that often in these kinds of films.”
To be fair, the dual-role rumor didn’t seem entirely out of left field, as Lyle Waggoner played both Steve Trevor and his son Steve Jr. on the 1970s “Wonder Woman” television series after its setting changed from World War II to the present day between the first and second seasons.
Pine is no stranger to DC movie rumors: Before he was cast as Steve Trevor, there was widespread speculation that he was in the running to play Hal Jordan in Warner Bros.’ “Green Lantern Corps,” targeted for release in 2020.
Directed by Patty Jenkins (“Monster”) from a script by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, “Wonder Woman” has been described as an origin story, detailing the iconic DC Comics superheroine’s rescue of pilot Steve Trevor and her journey with him from her island home in an attempt to stop World War I.
Gadot, who debuted as Wonder Woman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is joined in the film by Pine, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, plus Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Lisa Loven Kongsli and David Thewlis.
“Wonder Woman” arrives in theaters on June 2, 2017, ahead of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” on Nov. 17, 2017.
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