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Chris Pine Directing & Starring in 'Poolman'

He's boldly going to the director's chair.

Chris Pine is stepping behind the camera for his next project.

The 41-year-old actor will star and direct a mystery-comedy movie called Poolman, co-starring Annette Bening and Danny DeVito, The Wrap reports.

Pine pens the script alongside Ian Gotler, with whom Pine worked on Hell or High Water. The Star Trek actor will play Darren Barrenman, a hapless dreamer and would-be philosopher. He spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block in sunny Los Angeles and crashing city council meetings with his neighbors Jack and Diane (DeVito and Bening).

When Barrenman uncovers the greatest water heist in LA history since Chinatown, he makes uneasy alliances with a beautiful femme fatale while following every lead he can with corrupt city officials, burned-out Hollywood types, and mysterious benefactors – all in the name of protecting his precious Los Angeles.

Poolman is also set to reunite Pine with fellow director Patty Jenkins, who directed Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984. We have to wonder if the femme fatale could end up being played by Gal Gadot herslef.

According to Deadline, Poolman is being described as a cross between The Big Lebowski and classic LA noir films, with a hint of La La Land.

Pine has several film performances on the way, including in Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry Darling, the action thriller The Contractor, and the new Dungeons & Dragons movie.

The film is looking at a June 2022 production start in Los Angeles.

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