“Star Trek: Into Darkness” opens on May 17 2013, and it’s yet another big screen Star Trek adventure zooming into outer space. Directed by J.J. Abrams (Lost) and starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, the film promises to raise the bar once more for the legendary franchise created by Gene Roddenberry on TV way back in 1966. Apart from the fictional hoopla and Hollywood visual 3D flash, what are the sci-fi film’s stars worth once they leave the Starship Enterprise?
Chris Pine – Captain Kirk
William Shatner may have created Captain James T. Kirk, but now it’s up to Chris Pine to keep him alive on the silver screen. Pine is a versatile actor who’s at home in such comedy fluff as “The Princess Diaries 2 Royal Engagement” opposite Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), then smoothly switches gears in the high octane action thriller “Unstoppable” opposite Denzel Washington. Pine’s portrayal of the intrepid starship captain has been met with favourable acclaim and his net worth is an estimated $15 million dollars. Live long and prosper, indeed!
Zachary Quinto – Spock
He exploded onto the pop culture scene by playing a dangerous villain in the super hero TV romp “Heroes” on NBC. Since then, Quinto has displayed a talent for a variety of roles, but by assuming the role of Vulcan science officer Spock, it’s a certain bet it’s what he’ll be identified with for awhile. Quinto got approval from the actor who first brought Spock to life on television, Leonard Nimoy, and the veteran actor not only appeared in the first re imagined Trek outing, but Nimoy’s acted as a kind of mentor to the younger Quinto. All this Hollywood exposure has swelled his bank account nicely. He’s worth an estimated $14 million dollars – as Spock might say, ‘This is highly logical.’
J.J. Abrams – Director & Head Geek
He’s known for cult TV shows like “Lost” and “Felicity”, and as feature director of big budget action flicks like “Mission Impossible 3” with superstar Tom Cruise. Abrams took on the large task of bringing the dormant Star Trek franchise back to the big screen in 2009, and the flick he produced and directed was a hit with both fans and critics alike. Since then, wondrous things happened in the cosmic continuum of science fiction. Disney bought Star Wars from creator George Lucas, and promptly hired Abrams to assume the mantle of launching new flicks around the brand name. Fandom was split on the decision to give one man two such popular – even idolized – entertainment entities, but the die is cast and the star spawning results will bear out eventually. Abrams has parlayed his Hollywood duties to the merry tune of an estimated $95 million dollars. As Chief Engineer Scotty would say, “Energize!”