Chris Pine Is Making A Comedy Mystery With An Iconically Small Actor

Chris Pine is making his directorial debut as he stars alongside Hollywood small man Danny DeVito for the upcoming comedy mystery, Poolman, about a hotel pool boy turned vigilante.

By Britta DeVore | Published

Chris Pine’s name has been in the headlines as of late with the real-life drama surrounding the cast and crew of his latest film, Don’t Worry Darling, as well as his involvement in a possible Star Trek 4 feature, but he’s pushing both of those titles aside and striking out to give himself a new credit – that of director. Deadline first revealed the news that the Wonder Woman star would be making his directorial debut, as well as starring in the upcoming comedy drama, Poolman. With an absolutely stacked list of talent adding their names to the film, it’s clear that the production will be a top grosser for Signature Entertainment, as Hollywood’s favorite small man, Danny DeVito joins the cast.

Along with Chris Pine and Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) the feature boasts a star-studded call sheet including Annette Bening (American Beauty), DeWanda Wise (Jurassic World: Dominion), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me). Along with starring and directing, Pine tacks on two more credits via the project: that of co-writer and producer, both alongside Ian Gotler. Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Stacey Sher (Django Unchained) also produce. 

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Danny DeVito

Poolman tells the politically comical story of a pool boy at Los Angeles’ Tahitian Tiki apartment block’s pool named Darren Barrenman (Pine). Apathetic to the world around him, Darren fills his free time joining his local friends Jack and Diane (Devito, Bening) in crashing invite-only city council meetings to find out what’s really going on behind closed doors. The trio bites off more than they can chew when they overhear plans to drain Los Angeles of its water, which in turn sets Darren on a personal mission to save the city by transforming himself into a private investigator – a choice that will lead him into the dark and seedy underbelly of LA politics.

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Chris Pine in Don’t Worry Darling

Outside the world of water wars, Chris Pine has had a busy schedule filled with a genre crossing amount of productions. Of course, there was his part in Olivia Wilde’s recent thriller Don’t Worry Darling, which brought about the now famous “spit-gate” scandal between Pine and his co-star Harry Styles, with Pine also recently appearing in Cheryl Nichols’ comedy, Doula. This year Pine also nabbed a leading role in Prime Video and Janus Metz Pedersen’s spy thriller All the Old Knives and Tarik Saleh’s action thriller, The Contractor.

Prior to the arrival of Poolman, fans can expect to see Chris Pine star in the fantasy game-turned-feature, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The film is an adaptation of the beloved role playing game and will be penned and directed by both Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. Like Poolman, the Paramount production will feature a long list of recognizable names including Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant. 

While we wait for any drop of information to come out surrounding Chris Pine’s reprisal of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek 4, fans will be thrilled to know that the actor will be seen in so many projects in the near future. With Poolman being Pine’s debut directorial feature, we can’t wait to see where his eye takes us.