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January 13, 2016 08:00 PM

Wonder Woman’s first standalone film won’t hit theaters for another year, but Chris Pine is thrilled with how things are going so far.

“It’s going to be a great fun, film with some incredibly deep, interesting and morally relevant themes,” he said Tuesday at a press junket for his latest film, The Finest Hours.

Pine also heaped praise on Wonder Woman’s director, Patty Jenkins. “Patty is just directing the daylights out of it,” he raved. “It’s shot beautifully. It feels so wonderfully period, but also with this wonderful pop sensibility.”

The superhero flick takes place around WWI, and Pine says, “The costume design is incredible. It is incredible. We have scenes with like 500 extras all in period dress and I’ve never actually been on a film with extras casting as beautifully done as it is on this film.”

The Star Trek star recently completed another period piece, The Finest Hours, about a daring Coast Guard rescue in 1952. Asked if he prefers comic book/sci-fi genre to real-life biopics, Pine said, “No … They’re just different versions of make believe, but to this end I love this period. I love the 40s. I love the 50s. I love the style, I love the clothes. I love how the women looked. I love the dances. I love the music. I love the amber of the light. I’m just in love with the cars. I’m in love with all of it.”

Pine went on to dish about playing Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s chief love interest from the comic books. “Steve Trevor is roguish and a cynical realist who’s seen an awful, brutish nature of modern civilization,” Pine said. “He’s also a worldly, charming guy.”

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In DC Comic lore, Trevor is a U.S. military intelligence officer who develops a close relationship with the heroine after getting stranded on her homeland, Themyscira (or Paradise Island).

While Pine usually finds himself in the driver seat of action flicks, he’s expressed his excitement at letting Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot take the reigns. “I couldn’t be happier to be supporting Gal in what’s going to be the first female-driven superhero film,” he previously told Total Film.

“I think in the world today we’ve had plenty enough of male-driven everything,” he added. “It’s finally time to see how wonderful the world can be with beautiful, strong intelligent women kicking some major ass.”

Wonder Woman is slated to hit theaters June 23, 2017.

Reporting by MARIAH HAAS

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