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Zoe Saldana In Talks To Star In ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ April 3, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,ST09 Cast , trackback

Zoe Saldana may soon be getting painted up to play a green alien in a big franchise sci-fi movie – and it isn’t a Star Trek movie. It is being reported that the new Uhura is in talks for Marvel’s upcoming big super-hero movie Guardians of the Galaxy. More details below.

 

Saldana May Lead ‘Guaridans of the Galaxy’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zoe Saldana is in negotiations to play the female lead in Marvel’s 2014 superhero team-in-space movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Saldana would be playing Gamora, "the green-skinned humanoid who is the last of a species that was exterminated by a race known as the Badoon."


Zoe Saldana may be playing Marvel’s Gamora in "Guardians of the Galaxy"

If the deal is done then Saldana will join Chris Pratt (playing Star-Lord) and Dave Bautista (playing Drax the Destroyer). The movie is being directed by James Gunn and is expected to start shooting in June, with an August 1 2014 release date.

This will be Saldana’s third major sci-fi franchise, following Avatar and Star Trek. James Cameron’s next Avatar movie is expected to be released in 2015. If the next Star Trek movie arrives in 2016, Saldana will have four years in a row with tentpole space movies. 


Official logo for Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Comments

1. mark h - April 3, 2013

First – man she’s suuch a hotty.

2. crazydaystrom - April 3, 2013

Not familiar with the Gamora character but more power to Zoe if she get’s it. Guess she’ll be a Jedi as well.

3. HomerT6 - April 3, 2013

Hello Orion Slave girl of a different franchise!

4. irishtrekkie - April 3, 2013

http://www.liveforfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy-548×600.jpg

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_super/1/18863/2868246-gotgtradingcard_gamora.jpg

http://comiccongeek.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/guardians-of-the-galaxy-brian-michael-bendis-steve-mcniven-marvel.jpg

gamora looks a bit different in the current GOTG comics where are only coming out now , alot more covered up lol.

i am guessing this might be closer to the look zoe saldana might end up looking like for the movie.

5. Phil - April 3, 2013

Something that has always amazed me about the warrior genre. The guys are always heavily armored and armed…and the women warriors always march off to battle in swimwear, and not much more. And they always win. Less is more, I guess….

6. Aurore - April 3, 2013

Very nice picture of Miss Saldaña there.

I like it.

7. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 3, 2013

Zoe is Hot!. In So many ways.

8. Baby - April 3, 2013

I doubt she will get it. zoe will be 35 this year. The clock is against her.

she does have a very pretty face (prettier than Alice Eve) but unlike Alice Eve, Zoe is way too thin. She is one of those size 0 actresses.

Unless Zoe adds weight, Marvel will go for an actress 10 years younger than she is.

Zoe needs to stick to trek and Avatar and take on serious roles.

its about time that another black woman wins an Oscar for best actress and I am hoping it will be her.

9. Mattytrek - April 3, 2013

8 – Baby, are you aware that the majority of your post was tasked with appraising this actress as if she were a show animal?

10. Phil - April 3, 2013

@8. Oh, like Gwyneth Paltrow, right? Or Halle Berry…

I’d sure hate to be with you on a first date….

11. Dom - April 3, 2013

Winning Best Actress often tanks the actress’s career! Let her make whatever films she wants to and be a genre icon. There’s nothing wrong with being 35: people look younger as the years go by!

Hopefully Star Wars Into Danger (or whatever it’s called) will include Miss Saldaña, William Shatner and a CGI Deforest Kelley alongside the Hamill, Ford and Fisher team… ;)

12. Marja - April 3, 2013

More power to Ms Saldana! As long as it doesn’t conflict with her Star Trek shooting schedule : ) … I WANT TO SEE HER IN THE THIRD MOVIE

#5, Phil, we’re in agreement about ridiculous warrior costumes for women heroes. Either the sight of the warrior heroines’ nearly bared breasts, legs and torso so completely disarm their opponents that they cannot fight well, or the women are wearing some sort of invisible forcefield and have a huge appetite for exhibitionism!

Remember the Duras sisters [Klingons] on ST:TNG? I did a cartoon of them. That bare spot smack in the middle of the chest of their leather armor [which conveniently revealed part of their “ample nacelles”]? I labelled it “STAB HERE,” lol.

#8, take a close look at the Empire cover featured recently. Ms Saldana could give Michelle Obama a run for her money in the arm muscle department. [i.e., “LOOK AT THOSE GUNS!”] I agree, she’s thin … Saldana started as a ballet dancer and they have a horror of ever gaining weight, an attitude that has served Ms Saldana very well in the “skinny is good” mentality of today’s Hollywood. Despite her thinness, she appears to be in great athletic shape. And she is a beauty of the first order.

13. SherlockFangirl - April 3, 2013

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

14. Jack - April 3, 2013

13. LOL. Me too.

15. Ahmed - April 3, 2013

With the lack of space based series on TV, it is great to see more space based movies coming out these days.

16. Nony - April 3, 2013

Not impressed by anything I’ve heard so far related to that movie (especially the director) and I probably won’t see it. But power to Zoe, I’m sure she’ll be great.

17. Jeyl - April 3, 2013

Yeah, because nobody can be heroes when they’re 35 or older. How old was everyone in the Star Trek movies again?

18. MJ - April 3, 2013

Why are they making such a dumbass movie? Marvel is over-reaching on this one.

19. MJ - April 3, 2013

@8 “I doubt she will get it. zoe will be 35 this year. The clock is against her. She does have a very pretty face (prettier than Alice Eve) but unlike Alice Eve, Zoe is way too thin. She is one of those size 0 actresses.”

Well, they all can’t be fat tubs like Shatner, Hammil and Fisher.

20. CmdrR - April 3, 2013

Zoe’s monopolizing the Crayola box.
Hot in any color, though.

21. Aix - April 3, 2013

@ Hahaha! She is very beautiful, indeed.

22. Mad Mann - April 3, 2013

Zoe is in another big sci-fi movie? So ironic for a non-sci-fi-fan.

23. Adolescent Nightmare - April 3, 2013

But Gamora is a giant turtle!

24. Son of Jello - April 3, 2013

@5 You are forgetting who the audience is.:)

25. Red Dead Ryan - April 4, 2013

“Guardians Of The Galaxy”? Never heard of this before. Never heard of the director either. This all sounds like c-grade crap sci-fi you’d find in the bargain bins at Wal-Mart.

Zoe Saldana is too good of an actress for this.

Yeesh!

26. Jim Nightshade - April 4, 2013

haha 23 i was thinkin the same thing…is zoe sure she not playing a giant green flying turtle with exhaust flames comin outta her 4 turtle shell holes? the green alien color is right..hah….she will have to fight godzilla and mothra…..wonder if marvel gets sued by a japanese movie studio…

27. Mad Mann - April 4, 2013

@25 RDR:

Umm, actually Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be a HUGE part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe phase II. It will lead directly into Avengers 2.

That’s not exactly c-grade.

28. LogicalLeopard - April 4, 2013

27 Mad Mann

Now, I’m going to argue that Guardians of the Galaxy are/were C-Grade Marvel Comics, not in terms of quality, but in terms of popularity.

You’ve got A grade stuff, Spiderman, Captain America, X-Men, that has been published almost continually for decades.

Then you’ve got B grade stuff that either lesser people know of, or haven’t been published continually. And try as I might, I can’t think of a good example. Black Panther, maybe? Ghost Rider? Is Punisher B+ or A-?

Then youv’e got C grade stuff, which has both been published sporadically or very recently, and most people haven’t heard of it. Guardians falls squarely in that category. I checked out the last series, and it was interesting. Talking raccoons and walking trees usually are. But I was amazed that Marvel was actually going to do that, over other properties that people have actually heard of. But….it looks like it’s coming together, and if you have good writing, maybe people will see it. Zoe Saldana would definately help, because it adds a bigger name to the project.

Speaking of, she could do worse than setting herself up with all of these sci-fi movies. Fanboys can help jump up her demand.

29. Damion - April 4, 2013

Zoe Saldana is too much of a star for “Star Trek”. Its weird. Within “Star Trek: The Original Series”, the main three characters were Kirk, Bones, and Spock. While I did like her work in “Avatar” and “Vantage Point”, I think Zoe’s presence in “Star Trek” is too overbearing. its weird.

JJ’s “Star Trek” has become about Kirk, Spock, and Spock’s trophy girlfriend. It doesn’t feel right.

As a result of her star power, “Star Trek” has become a Zoe Saldana movie. Its no longer a “Star Trek” movie.

Nyota Uhura needs to be toned down, or the character needs to be recasted.

Zoe Saldana doesn’t need “Star Trek” to be successful. “Star Trek” needs to remove her, so it can be successful.

30. MJ - April 4, 2013

@27 “Umm, actually Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be a HUGE part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe phase II. It will lead directly into Avengers 2.”

LOL. If that is Marvel’s plan, then someone is asleep at the wheel over there. Making one of the B-grade reject comic lines lead into Avengers 2?

WTF???

31. MJ - April 4, 2013

Damion: ““Star Trek” has become a Zoe Saldana movie. Its no longer a “Star Trek” movie.”

Baby: ” She does have a very pretty face (prettier than Alice Eve) but unlike Alice Eve, Zoe is way too thin. She is one of those size 0 actresses.”

Sure guys. Yea, we need to bring in an unknown fat actress to play Uhura….Zaldana absolutely needs to be replaced ASAP.

32. LogicalLeopard - April 4, 2013

29. Damion – April 4, 2013

“As a result of her star power, “Star Trek” has become a Zoe Saldana movie. Its no longer a “Star Trek” movie.”

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Uhm, I disagree. ST09 was primarily about Kirk and Spock. Those were the two major characters. Uhura didn’t get much more time than Bones did. For the purposes of marketing, you see Uhura displayed prominently. But that’s marketing. Who cares who is on the cover of the box, or who is mentioned in the credits first, or who is on the posters? It’s the actual movies or shows that count.

And really, even if Uhura got more screen time or prominence in the writing….so what? It’s logical, Doctors are usually in sick bay. And as long as McCoy remains a confidant and friend to Kirk, and a foil for Spock, they haven’t done anything wrong.

33. Rebecca74 - April 4, 2013

#29 – Are you serious?

It is no more a Zoe Saldana movie than a Benedict Cumberbatch movie.
How was she too much of a star for the movies? Her star power only increased after Avatar, not before. She was just as much an unknown before ’09 Star Trek as Chris Pine. The only real recognizable actors were Zachary Quinto (Heroes) and Winona Rider (shoplifting at Saks).

You’re basically saying she should be fired because she’s managed her career well enough to make herself more marketable.

That makes absolutely no sense at all.

34. LogicalLeopard - April 4, 2013

30. MJ – April 4, 2013

LOL. If that is Marvel’s plan, then someone is asleep at the wheel over there. Making one of the B-grade reject comic lines lead into Avengers 2?

WTF???

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From the after credits scene of Avengers, Thanos was introduced. And the Guardians of the Galaxy are linked with Thanos, namely Drax the Destroyer. So, it fits. Now, I agree with you on the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy is not a prominent property (I’d even say C instead of B, maybe even D), but I’m hoping that the person who pitched the idea for Avengers 2 had such a wonderful idea that they HAD to include Guardians in the middle.

Anyway, Thanos, like Loki, continues the tradition that the Avengers assemble for threats bigger than any one Avenger can face. Wonder if Thanos will kill half the universe again in this one…..

35. LogicalLeopard - April 4, 2013

23. Adolescent Nightmare – April 3, 2013
But Gamora is a giant turtle!

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That’s Gamara! *L*

36. Red Dead Ryan - April 4, 2013

A lot of sexism and racism being displayed on this thread. What a disgrace!

37. Red Dead Ryan - April 4, 2013

I just don’t see “Guardians Of The Galaxy” being popular enough to justify a movie series. I just can’t see this one working out.

Probably just better to incorporate the good elements of this comic series into the existing Marvel film franchise movies, i.e “Avengers”, “Iron Man”, “Hulk” etc.

38. MJ - April 4, 2013

“I just don’t see “Guardians Of The Galaxy” being popular enough to justify a movie series. I just can’t see this one working out.”

Yea, RDR. I know “dumbass” when I see it, and this just seems like a dumbass idea.

39. MJ - April 4, 2013

It was bound to happen that Marvel would over-reach at some point. Now it it is happening right before our eyes. Uncontrolled hubris from huge profits, and needing to continually top themselves creatively, is probably going to bite them in the ass here.

40. Red Dead Ryan - April 4, 2013

#39.

“It was bound to happen that Marvel would over-reach at some point. Now it it is happening right before our eyes. Uncontrolled hubris from huge profits, and needing to continually top themselves creatively, is probably going to bite them in the ass here.”

Yeah, you hit the nail on the head, MJ. Disney/Marvel has had a fairly long (in a relatively short period of time) string of hit superhero movies that have apexed with “The Avengers”.

“Guardians Of The Galaxy” could be their first major flop, and if they aren’t careful, it might be the beginning of a sad reversal of fortune for their superhero movies, both creatively- and revenue-wise.

41. Mel - April 4, 2013

There is a concept art from the movie:

http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/31933/First_Look_Marvel_Guardians_The_Galaxy_Concept_Art_1342322658.jpg

It looks like Gamora will have more clothes on than in the picture of this article.

I think the Guardians of the Galaxy are completely unknown superheroes, so I am curious, if the movie will be successful.

42. Keachick - April 4, 2013

Oh dear – Too much sexism on this thread and I haven’t said a word – till now…

43. MJ - April 4, 2013

“Oh dear – Too much sexism on this thread and I haven’t said a word – till now…”

Exactly! And the sad thing is that these people are so direct and obvious about their male chauvinism — they are not even trying to hid it. It’s rather pathetic, and is embarrassing to most of us Trek fans, I am sure.

44. Fubamushu - April 4, 2013

Zoe.
Tent pole.

Enough said.

45. K-7 - April 4, 2013

#44 Are you talking about her, or what your pants look like when you see her?

46. Comm. Lohmann - April 4, 2013

“I just don’t see “Guardians Of The Galaxy” being popular enough to justify a movie series. I just can’t see this one working out.”

So we should only make movies based on popular properties? So much for people complaining about the lack of original ideas.

Seriously, people. Other than Spiderman, every Marvel comic character was pretty much unknown to the general public until the movie was released. The movie will succeed or fail based on how well it is made.

47. MJ - April 4, 2013

“So we should only make movies based on popular properties? So much for people complaining about the lack of original ideas.”

“Popular” and “Original” mean different things, dude. You are mixing and matching them like they mean the same thing???

48. Comm. Lohmann - April 4, 2013

““Popular” and “Original” mean different things, dude. You are mixing and matching them like they mean the same thing???”

The argument being made is that the movie shouldn’t be made because it isn’t well known. If we use that as the standard as to what can be made, nothing original is ever going to be made. Whether or not the series is popular is irrelevant. We’re talking about a movie which to most people will be an unknown property. As was Iron Man, Thor, or Men in Black.

49. MJ - April 4, 2013

“The argument being made is that the movie shouldn’t be made because it isn’t well known. If we use that as the standard as to what can be made, nothing original is ever going to be made.”

No. An “original” production is something that would not be based on a comic book series. It would be based on truly original material.

This is not to be confused with the level of popularity of a non-original comic book series.

“Popularity” and “Originality” are thus mutually exclusive terms here. You are exhibiting faulty logic by trying to bring them together to make your point.

What you really crave here I think are truly original stories, not recycled comic stories — whether they are popular or unpopular.

50. Red Dead Ryan - April 4, 2013

#46.

Dude, people have been familiar with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, et al. a long time before movies featuring those characters came out.

On the other hand, “Guardians Of The Galaxy” is quite obscure, and honestly, just isn’t that interesting.

#45.

What he’s really saying is, whenever he looks at Zoe Saldana in a lustful manner he hopes to raise a tentpole but he just can’t seem to get it up. :-)

51. Jim Nightshade - April 5, 2013

guardians wasnt concieved by stan lee/jack kirby who created most of the best marvel heroes….but that doesnt mean the movie n characters wont be good….if they are being used for sub plot of next avengers then they will be well written n acted with a good story…we might get a glimpse of the story after the credits of iron man 3..
not all lee kirby have worked in movies…fantastic four which along with spiderman basically started the entire marvel line hasnt been critically sucessful…silver surfer a brilliant kirby/lee character didnt come off well in the 2nd ff movie…he was gonna have his own movie too…the villain galactus was changed to a kinda sentient space storm i guess cuz they thought a 60 ft tall greek/space god with a giant helmet n ship wouldnt seem scary or epic enuff but he was for us comic readers..the galactus trilogy blew my teen mind back in the 60s..you never read comics like that before lee n kirby came along…original and cosmic doesnt even begin to cover it…pure genius….

52. Jim Nightshade - April 5, 2013

joss whedon i am sure is involved in overseeing story arcs for marvel movies leading to next avengers….as others have mentioned…not everyone was familiar with most of the characters but put em in their own movie with endings tieing into the next marvel movie n keep em hooked..est schwarma….

53. MJ - April 5, 2013

@52. Interesting comment, because Black Widow and Hawkeye, which I believe are the two lesser know characters to be included in The Avengers movies, were the two least interesting characters in the movie for me. They could easily have been removed from the story and no one would have hardly noticed. And then we could have had more of Agent Maria Hill — yes!!!

54. Jovius the Romulan - April 5, 2013

5. Phil: Hah! Your silly logic holds no candle to the power of male hormones!

To be fair, at least recent fantasy games such as the Dragon Age series have the males showing almost as much skin.

55. Jim Nightshade - April 7, 2013

good point mj….i never thought hawkeye or black widow were that great in the comics either…now with the roster of the avengers they coulda picked much better characters than those two….the vision and scarlet witch come to mind n they were in luv too…visions an android….archers in comics just dont git the respect lookit green arrow….always 2nd string hero….even in smallville…they made him into his own series butn didnt even keep the same guy from smallville….anyway hope the guardians will be done well….

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