Last night was the world premiere of James Cameron’s new sci-fi epic Avatar. Star Trek’s new Uhura Zoe Saldana continues her 2009 genre domination as playing the alien Neytiri. We have photos and video from the London premiere, along with some of Saldana’s latest comments on Trek. We also have Simon Pegg’s twitter review of Avatar, and some early reviews of the film and Saldana’s performance.
Avatar premiere photos
The World Premiere of Avatar was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, England last night. Here are photos of Zoe Saldana, along with some of her co-stars from the film, as well as one of her Star Trek co-stars.
Zoe flashing that smile
Zoe shows off the dress
Zoe, director James Cameron, and Avatar stars Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Laz Alonso, Michelle Rodriguez and Jon Landau
The ladies of Avatar – Saldana, Weaver and Rodriguez
The press focus on Zoe
Here is some official Avatar premiere video, including a brief comment from Zoe
Zoe talks some Trek – would play a dog!
While doing press for Avatar, Zoe has made some Star Trek comments.
On Khan in the Star Trek sequel, she tells the the Canadian Intelligencer:
(The filmmakers) are very excited. There is a lot of pressure. What do you do? Do you redo the Wrath of Khan or something else? I told them just to do what they did the first time — which is to trust themselves. Because by not listening to anyone they were able to create something free that we still grew attached to. So if that formula worked for the first Star Trek, it can certainly work for the next one.
In her recent interview with TrekMovie, Zoe said she wanted to "kick some ass" in the Star Trek sequel. She elaborates on her new found passion for action with Esquire, saying:
I have the itch lately. I don’t know if it is after ‘Avatar’ or ‘Star Trek’ or because I’ve just finished an action film called ‘The Losers’, in which I did almost all my own stunts. I think it’s so empowering and sexy. I love actresses like Angelina and Jessica. They’re very agile, they incorporate their bodies with their characters and they pick women who are very strong. I really dig that.
Saldana also talked about how the motion capture technology used in Avatar allowed her to play an alien, and she said she is willing to play any kind of part, telling inthenews:
Asked if she would ever play a man, the Star Trek actress enthusiastically replied: “F**k yes!”
She told inthenews.co.uk: “I’d play a man, I’d play a dog, I’ll play a tree, anything! I’m an artist!”
Pegg tweets for Avatar – compares Internet reaction to Star Trek
Also on hand for the London premiere of Avatar was Star Trek co-star Simon Pegg (Scotty). Pegg is a well known geek and has been very outspoken about his dislike of the Star Wars prequels. However, Pegg has tweeted about Avatar in support of the film. Pegg’s first reaction was to say he was "tweetless in the best possible way" and then noted the movie was a "game changer". The morning after he provided this Twitter reivew:
Morning after, Avatar is an extraordinary piece of cinema. Breathtaking in 2 dimensions, let alone 3. Congrats and respect to all involved.
Pegg then commented on Internet chatter critiquing the film and drew a comparison to early bashers of the Star Trek film before it came out, tweeting:
The unfunny smurfs refrain reminds me if the pre Star Trek 90210 twattery. Unite and hate before seeing a theatrical frame? Makes me sad.
Simon Pegg drops by to see his co-star…tweets in support of "Avatar"
The Reviews are in: And it looks good
Pegg isn’t the only one sold on James Cameron’s Avatar. The early reviews are in, and so far the film has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Saldana has received some good marks for her performance
Saldana proves her mettle as yet another kickass Cameron heroine
But the success of the human/Na’vi love-story thread is mostly down to Saldana. Her subtle, spiky performance is a delicious foil to Worthington’s wide-eyed neophyte. She might have played it haughty and aloof – and annoying. Instead, she makes Neytiri untameable and irresistible, brimming with spirit and soul – and making her, and the other CG characters, feel more weighted and real.
– Total Film
Zoe Saldana, recognisable despite her blue CGI tiger-stripes, is wonderful as the sharp-tongued, soft-eyed Neytiri.
– This is London
Even though we never see the real Saldana, her voice and motion captured mannerisms were enough to make an impression on me, and after this, and her work in STAR TREK, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of her in the years to come.
Zoë Saldana’s warrior princess Neytiri is…well, eager, bright-eyed, and wholesomely defiant, and also sexy in an idealized anime way.
Zoe Saldana in James Cameron’s "Avatar"
Premiere Photos: Wire Image