Chris Pine opts to hang with vulcans instead of Clooney

I previously posted that Chris Pine was up not only for a key role in ths film version of James Ellroy’s White Jazz, but for the role of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek. Attempts were being made to work out the scheduling conflicts so Pine could take both roles. It appears those conflicts were too great to overcome.

Director Joe Carnahan announced, on his site, that his choice for the role of Junior Stemmons would not be in White Jazz, having choosen another role instead.

The young man playing Junior Stemmons has opted to ‘boldly go where no man
has gone before’
and thus, had to bow out of WHITE JAZZ. I’ve been talking
to him this past week and knew how tough the decision had to be for him.
I don’t envy ever being in that spot but I gave him my full support, even if
it meant he didn’t do JAZZ. I get it. You don’t get opportunities like that
often and I told him as long as he could control as much of that process as
possible and not get sucked into doing lesser sequels as a result of taking
this gig, then good luck and God bless.

We’re sure to do something down the road. I’ve already slotted him in for

While Carnahan did not post names, Pine is the one he was refering to.

Pine previously worked with Carnahan in Smokin’ Aces as one of three neo-nazi psychotic, homicidal brothers.