There are two big space movies being released this year. The first is J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, and the second is James Cameron’s Avatar. Both are looking like they will be big hits, and the lead actors in both movies have a bit of buzz surrounding them. As well as Avatar, Sam Worthington also has a large role in Terminator Salvation, and is being touted as the next big action star. Chris Pine is also getting similar attention for his role as James T. Kirk in Star Trek, however he told Vanity Fair that he actually auditioned for Avatar (possibly for the role Sam Worthington eventually won):
“There have been, like, three auditions in my life where I feel like I’m in a Saturday Night Live skit. One was for Avatar”—James Cameron’s upcoming science-fiction epic—“which was probably the worst audition I ever gave. Another was for 10,000 bc, where I was just, like, on my haunches pretending to be in a loincloth in Burbank.” Pine laughs. “Then the other one was Star Trek. It was all this jargon talk of torpedoes and photons,” which, needless to say, didn’t quite trip off the tongue. Fortunately, he got a second chance seven months later and nailed it.
Even though he didn’t land the Avatar job two things are clear: He has a good agent, and he was obviously destined to be in big sci-fi movies. There are even rumblings that he could end up playing Hal Jordan in The Green Lantern, although nothing is official yet.