Star Trek’s new Uhura Zoe Saldana’s next big role is in the upcoming action movie The Losers. Set visit interviews with Saldana were released today on a number of sites to promote the film, which included some talk about the Star Trek sequel. Zoe revealed that she is expecting to have to get back to the gym to fit into her Trek mini and she revealed that JJ Abrams has promised her a fight scene. Details below.
Zoe Talks Star Trek sequel
The set visit group interview transcript (via SuperheroHype) of course mostly focuses on The Losers, but it does diverge into Star Trek territory, here is an excerpt:
Q: How excited are you to go back to "Star Trek"?
Saldana: Well, they’re perks. Besides the financial perks of signing onto films that turn into franchises is that you get to work with the actors and the directors all over again. Sometimes I almost feel like a three month experience for something that will last forever is not fair for the actor. Because what you guys get to watch, that’s for you. The part of shooting the movie, that’s for me. I take all those memories and that experience with me. And to get to go back to "Star Trek" and see Chris’ baby blue eyes and get to kiss Spock, Zachary [Quinto] and to work with J.J. [Abrams] I couldn’t have been in a better environment from the writers to the producers, etc. To get to relive that experience in another adventure in space. I’m not looking forward to the dress though. It just means I have to hit the gym two months before we start shooting, so I’m not looking forward to that.
Saldana in "The Losers"
Abrams promises Zoe fight scene + Star Trek cast/producers email group
In her interview with HitFix, Saldana talked about action scenes in The Losers and how she plans to do it again with the Star Trek sequel, here is the excerpt:
Q: We’ve heard that at the end of the film there is a big stunt where your character jumps 120 feet in the air. Are you going to do it yourself?
Saldana: I hope so. I think I can. My mom isn’t that keen on it. [She shows her bruises]. This is not Jane Austen. I was an athlete my whole life, but to be able to challenged not only emotionally, but try to tackle a character which would also be challenged physically, I’m in my phase of action film exploitation. After "Avatar," for two years of being harnessed and jumping off of wires I wanted to keep exploring that. In "Star Trek" I had so much fun, but the boys had all the action. J.J. promised me in the sequel she will have at least one little fight. At least kick a guy in the groin or something.
Q: Have you been E-mailing J.J. Abrams about what you are doing here so he realizes what you’re ready for?
Saldana: [Expletive] yeah! If you guys could really see, we all have each other on a massive E-mail group and all the producers and J.J. and just to read the back and forth between Karl Urban and Simon Pegg and Chris Pine and John Cho. I’ve been having tons of fun. The last two years have been fun because I’ve been working with amazing actors and amazing directors. Whether they have been prolific directors or fairly new directors or highly promising like ["The Losers" Sylvain White] or J.J. I just have been having so much fun.
The Losers opens April 23rd.
"The Losers" poster featuring Saldana