After actor Simon Pegg (Scotty in 2009's Star Trek) teased us all by saying that the Star Trek 2 script was "amazeballs," now it's Chris Pine's (Capt. Kirk) turn to give away some tantalizing bits about J.J. Abrams' anticipated sequel.
In a message to his fans on his Official Facebook page, Pine released this statement:
"After a thousand questions regarding the Star Trek sequel I can finally say I am holding the draft script in my hand. I can also now tell you I have a love interest and it's all looking very exciting. Sorry but I cant give you a date for filming yet, but you guys are going to love it!"
Well, it was bound to happen, right? It's Capt. James T. Kirk we're talking about! That was the one thing missing in the first Star Trek film, Kirk having a proper love interest (we're not talking of the fling he had with the Orion Starfleet cadet Gaila, played by Rachel Nichols). Instead, that honor went to our favourite Vulcan, Spock (Zachary Quinto), who had a very surprising romance with Uhura (Zoe Saldana).
However, it seems that Abrams intends to make things well again, because what's a Star Trek story without Kirk wooing some young Starfleet officer or the beautiful diplomat of an alien planet?
The real question that will be burning on all Trek fans' lips, however, is: Could that love interest finally be Carol Marcus? The woman who was first introduced to the fans as Kirk's former flame in the magnificent The Wrath of Khan film, the mother of Kirk's son David? We know the two of them were involved in the late 2250s or early 2260s, with David born in 2261. Abram's Star Trek film took place between 2255 and 2258, so it's highly possible if they keep elements from the original timeline.
Then again, she could be also be a completely new character.
What do you think? Are you glad to hear there's a love interest ahead for Kirk? Are you even surprised at all? And who do you think it could be?
UPDATE: This just in—Trek Movie confirmed that the Facebook page in question is not genuine and that Pine has no official Facebook page, Twitter account or website.