By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Chris Pine rocketed to stardom in 2009 when he took over the iconic role of Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the sci-fi classic “Star Trek” franchise.
With his intense blue eyes and considerable acting chops the second-generation actor (his father, Robert Pine, was a regular on the ‘70s police drama “CHiPs”), Pine proved a worthy successor to William Shatner, who portrayed the starship captain on the ‘60s TV series and in several films in the subsequent decades.
The career-boosting sci-fi film also introduced the young actor to the hot young screenwriting team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, co-writers of some of the biggest blockbusters of the past decade, including two of the “Transformers” movies, as well as “Mission Impossible III” and “Cowboys & Aliens.”
When Kurtzman decided to write and direct an intimate family drama based on his real life experience of meeting a previously unknown sister as an adult, he called upon Pine to portray the lead character. In “People Like Us,” Pine was more than willing to accept the challenge. (The rest of this article is available only to frontrowfeatureswire.com subscribers. For subscription information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)