Chris Pine is in talks to star in a reboot of The Saint.
According to Variety, the Wonder Woman star is set to play the role of Simon Templar, better known as The Saint, a Robin Hood-like character who targets corrupt politicians, drug dealers and other criminals using his charm and various aliases to commit his crimes for good.
Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher is helming the project and Seth Grahame-Smith has written the script.
The movie will be distributed by Paramount Pictures, who have had close ties to Pines for a number of years. In 2009, the studio cast him as Captain Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise, and in 2014, as the title character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
The Saint character was first created by Singapore-born novelist Leslie Charteris and featured in a series of books published between 1928 and 1963.
Templar was brought to life off the page in some radio dramas in the 1940s and several films but it was Sir Roger Moore's portrayal of Templar in the 1960s TV series The Saint which is best remembered.
In 1997, Val Kilmer portrayed the character on the big screen but his portrayal — which lacked much of the humour and wit of previous incarnations — was panned by critics and earned him a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the film.
In 2017, Adam Rayner stepped into Templar's shoes in the TV movie update, which also starred Eliza Duskhu.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic shutting down the majority of film and television productions, it is unclear when The Saint will begin shooting. It seems likely that it will be Dexter's next film, although he has also been working on the Dracula project Renfield.
Pine, 39, has recently appeared in television series 'I Am the Night, and will be repriseing his role as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984. — BANG