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Chris Pine on Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984: "He’s deeply, supremely excited"

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When Wonder Woman 1984 (opens in new tab) was first announced, no one suspected that Chris Pine would be back for the sequel (spoilers: his character Steve Trevor perishes during the first Wonder Woman (opens in new tab)). Yet, here we are, a few months before the second movie releases and Trevor's mysteriously back, we just don't know how.

For the new issue of Total Film magazine (opens in new tab), we caught up with Pine, who – while not budging on the specifics of his character's return – did enlighten us as to what Steve's general state when we meet him in the '80s. 

“What I will say about him is that he’s deeply, supremely excited,” says Pine. “He’s excited to be back with Diana. He’s excited about this world. Tonally, what’s different is, he’s not world-weary. He’s not jaded. It’s a complete 180 from the tone of the character of the first one.” 

Whereas in Wonder Woman, it with the eponymous superhero who was a fish out of water, in 1984, it’s Steve. “I thought it was a nice idea,” he smiles. “It’s a brilliant move on [director] Patty [Jenkins'] part. That’s just one clear indication of a big tonal shift this time out."

In fact, Pine reveals that Jenkins had the idea some time ago to bring back Steve. “Patty, towards the end of the first one, had been marinating on an idea,” he says. “So yeah, I had an idea that I would come back. I think she may have even started to break the story while we were promoting [the first film].”

Inside the new issue of Total Film (opens in new tab) – which hits shelves real and digital from this Friday, June 26 – stars Gadot, Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, plus Jenkins talk in-depth about the super-sequel, which has recently been postponed for an October 2 cinema release (opens in new tab). Plus, the issue also comes with two (count ’em) ebook gifts: a Star Wars-themed quiz book and an era-appropriate ’80s Movie special. Check out the newsstand cover below:

Total Film's Wonder Woman 1984 cover

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Matt Maytum
Matt Maytum

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.