Chris Pine in Talks to Star in Disney Coast Guard Drama (Exclusive)

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Chris Pine, Craig Gillespie

Craig Gillespie is in talks to direct "The Finest Hours," based on the true story about two oil tankers caught in a storm.

Chris Pine is in talks to star in The Finest Hours, Disney's period coast guard drama that has Craig Gillespie, who directed the upcoming sports drama Million Dollar Arm for the studio, in talks to helm.

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Hours tells the true tale of how in 1952, a Noreaster hit the New England coast, and two oil tankers were caught in the middle. The ships split in two, casting its crews into the ferocious seas, and it was up to the valiant effort of the coast guard to attempt a rescue.

Robert Schwentke, the helmer behind Red and R.I.P.D., was previously on board but getting the script into shipshape took a little longer than expected. Schwentke left the project in the winter when offered the chance to direct Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent.

Jim Whitaker is producing the project, which has a script from Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter) that adapts the non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias.

Gillespie (UTA, Management 360, Sloane Offer) has an eclectic resume when it comes to features. He directed the quirky indie Lars and the Real Girl, in which Ryan Gosling has a relationship with life-size doll, as well as the remake of horror movie Fright Night which starred Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell.

Million Dollar Arm stars Jon Hamm as a sports agent who scouts cricket players in India to play Major League Baseball and opens May 16.

Pine is coming off of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and would fit Hours before the next Star Trek movie. He has several movies in the can, including the post-apocalyptic indie Z for Zacharia and Disney's all-star adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, which opens December 25.

He is repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management and Gendler & Kelly.


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