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Chris Pine Circling Cat On a Hot Tin Roof

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 08:  Actor Chris Pine attends the 'This Means War' Los Angeles premiere held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 8, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

So much for Scarlett Johansson's plans to reteam the Avengers! The actress was once planning to star opposite Mark Ruffalo in a new John Carney film; she then pulled out to topline a Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Jeremy Renner in the mix to co-star. Now, though, the Times is reporting that Chris Pine has surged past Renner as the leading contender to play Brick. Even from Asgard, Loki maintains an impressive, dissension-sowing grip on our nation's casting directors.

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images