Check Out First Looks At Action Star Zoe Saldana In ‘Colombiana’

Zoe Saldana, Star Trek’s new Uhura, will next be seen in Colombiana, a thriller written and produced by Luc Besson. The first looks of Zoe from the film have been released, which shows how Colombiana will help continue Saldana’s quest to be the next action movie queen. More below, plus new red carpet photos of Zoe.

 

First Look at Zoe Saldana in Colombiana

Colombiana is about Cataleya Restrepo (Saldana) who as a child witnessed the brutal murder of her parents by a Colombian drug lord, who grows up to be a professional assassin hell bent on revenge. Latino Review has a first look at three images of Zoe from the movie.


Zoe Saldana in "Colombiana" (click to see full sized)

Colombiana  was written and produced by Luc Besson (Fifth Element) and directed by Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3) and is scheduled to hit theaters on September 2nd, 2011.

Extended Collector’s Edition of Avatar Released Today

If you want more Zoe, today Fox released a new new  3-Disc Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition (starring Zoe Saldana) on DVD and Blu-ray. The 3 disc set includes 8 hours of bonus features and a Collector’s Edition Extended Cut with 16 minutes of additional footage. Here is a trailer.

Red Carpet Zoe

And while we are on the subject of Zoe, here are some photos of Zoe at a screening of the film “Abel” screening during AFI FEST 2010 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.


(L-R) Executive producer Gael Garcia Bernal, actors Will Ferrell and Zoe Saldana, and director Diego Luna arrive at “Abel” screening during

 

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Avatar was a good movie. This is the first I’ve read about Columbia. The pictures look interesting.

Zoe is hot!

And “Avatar” is a great movie. The extended version is the best version.

Lt. Duala from BSG is a far better actor.

I censor myself here.

Zoe is so, so cute! But I don’t see her as an action girl.

Es solo mi opinion, pero, pienso que usted es muy talentosa ( y guapa).

The premise of Colombiana sounds as lame as the premise of Unstoppable. I wish Pine and Saldana success, but their movies just don’t sound like they are worth watching in the cinemas. I won’t pay to see those movies. I will wait until they air on TV.

Jeez, what does that resume look like?

Cataleya Restrepo
Career Goal: Hell bent on revenge.

7 – Eat yer popcorn and shaddup! ;-) I kidz.

I was watching the making of AVATAR from the new set last night and found out some more Trek ties besides Zoe. Apparently Neville Page was the lead designer for alien life on Pandora and Ryan Church helped with some of the human-tech designs.

@ #5- Really? Have you not seen the Losers? She kicked mucho ass in that flick!

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

Zoe is so hot that she makes the Orions look tame. She is also a realy good Actress. She can be the Capt’s woman any time.

FIST looks?

Zoe stay away from Will Ferrell, that guy is the box office version of Kryptonite

avatar is visually stunning movie, but story-wise, dialogue, writing, etc. is an awful movie.

@14. “avatar is visually stunning movie, but story-wise, dialogue, writing, etc. is an awful movie.”

Same applies to Trek09. Points go to Avatar’s visuals for actually being visual and not flashlights pointed at the lenses. Bonus points for not resorting to camera shakes.

But you know what the fundamental difference between Trek09 and Avatar is which no one even bothers to talk about? Zoe Saldana was a real integral part to everything in Avatar. If you were to compare Uhura and Neytiri’s roles, Uhura is freaking useless.

#3: “Lt. Duala from BSG is a far better actor.”

that is a pretty random statement. how does it relate to this article? just curious.

#15

haha, at least Star Trek bothered to film on mostly real sets.

Avatar would have been great…as a video game.

@17: “haha, at least Star Trek bothered to film on mostly real sets.”

At least whatever sets Avatar filmed on, they made the sets from scratch. Star Trek couldn’t even build sets for most of the Enterprise. And what sets they did make were sketchy and hard to see with the eye blinding lens flare.

@17: “Avatar would have been great…as a video game.”

So would Trek09. Shooting and punching the bad guys and watching planets get destroyed. Heck, there was even a star fighter like sequence with Spock’s ship going through the bowels of the Narada, shooting it’s way out, destroying the drill and being chased by the ship. That would have made a better video game than a movie.

I hate this post 2000 ‘model’ look, its so unhealthy. Someone get her a sandwich.

God, can’t Jeyl ever stop complaining about “Star Trek”? What’s done is done, just accept it and move on already. I’m pretty certain the “Supreme Court” are smart enough to rectify any mistakes from the first movie and make the sequel better.

Because it will be the next movie that determines the legacy of Bob Orci, J.J Abrams. If it’s a smash hit, they’ll be vindicated. If it falls flat or bombs, then people will be justified to heavily criticise those guys.

But its only been one movie so far, so I think people need to keep things in perspective. Especially since they were able to do something incredibly difficult (and some would have said impossible) which was to bring Star Trek back to the mainstream.

Not trying to offend any one, But I agree with 14. I went to see it in theatres. It was great to see, especially in 3D, and it did create a few nice discussions afterwards, but when all was said and done, I thought that Trek was a lot better. Avatar’s main selling point was the CGI. Pandora, The Technology, the creatures… It was all stunning. But from a story standpoint, Star Trek definitely won. Same with Characters. Trek felt more real. It sucked you in. Avatar just pulled you in with the nice imagery. As for the video game, Avatar may have been a better game, but I’m not going to debate that. One thing about trek games I will say though is that they’re good, but never the best. STO is one of my favourites, and even then, there’s some major flaws.

20. Red Dead Ryan – November 17, 2010

No, there are a few folks who will go to their graves hating the movie.

I’m probably the only person is the US who has not see Avatar. From what I hear if I can find the kids copy of Pocahantas it’s virtually the same thing.

@7

Unstoppable isn’t a bad flick. Not amazing, but a decent little suspense. It’s basically a lite summer popcorn movie released in the Fall.

@14

Agreed. But it still somehow tapped into a magical space that made record-breaking amounts of cash.

Also, James knows how to film action sequences and make you care, no matter how simple or how many times we’ve heard it all before.

@16

Haha, they’re both black sci-fi actresses so they’re obviously comparable, according to that dude.

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People doubting this movie, need to realize who wrote it, Luc Besson.

…As in the guy who made The Professional and Le Femme Nikita.

It could still be bad, but Besson’s name gives me hope that it won’t be just another simplistic “girl in impractical clothing kicking butt” movie.

@20: “Because it will be the next movie that determines the legacy of Bob Orci, J.J Abrams. If it’s a smash hit, they’ll be vindicated. If it falls flat or bombs, then people will be justified to heavily criticise those guys.” Wow. That is such a poor way to determine the use of criticism it almost sounds like an Ed Wood Jr. story. First. If you don’t like my complaining, do the obvious. Don’t read it. If you want to counter my argument and bring in your own opinion, do so. Just be aware that I may just comment that too. (which brings us to…) Second. Unless you have really good grounds to call someone out, you can’t just tell someone that their opinion isn’t justified. Especially if it’s on the grounds that their next movie isn’t out yet. Third. Why does having a sequel to Trek09 even matter when you just have an opinion on Trek09? It’s a movie with a self-contained story that has a beginning, middle and end to it. If it’s meant to stand on it’s own (which it did), I’m going to comment on it as such. And as a movie on it’s own, it’s not that good. Just because there may be a sequel doesn’t excuse the problems I had with the film, because no matter how good or bad the sequel will be, Trek09 will still be Trek09. Fourth. Have you even listened to the supreme court’s commentary on Trek09? They are so… Read more »
Gene L Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease.

22 “I’m probably the only person is the US who has not see Avatar. From what I hear if I can find the kids copy of Pocahantas it’s virtually the same thing.”

Pocahontas was better, and I didn’t appreciate Pocahontas. I never had any interest in Avatar. I have been catching pieces of it on HBO. Wow, is it silly. The dialogue is embarassing. I suppose it must have looked great on the big screen.

I was bummed when invaded Disney’s Animal Kingdom and cut down the Tree of Life.

And not to sound grouchy, but I also can’t see Zoe’s appeal. I just don’t think she is that attractive. Different tastes, and I am probably out of touch, but she’s no bombshell.

@19

That kind of attitude is why some women end up getting surgery they don’t need when their bodies are just fine as they are.

I’m sure Tara Reid heard the exact same kinds of things.

Yes…#19 – Zoe is *naturally* skinny. There isn’t anything unhealthy about her. Women don’t just come in “starved” or “fat” ya know…

24. Jeyl :

“Giving a movie a good or bad rating based on it’s performance at the box office is disingenuous and two dimensional. A movie that bombs at the theaters can not only be a way better movie than the one that beat it at the box office”

Good Point Jeyl!

A perfect example would be “It’s a Wonderful Life”! It initially tanked at the box office due to unfavorable reviews!

And count me in the group of those who didn’t have any interest in seeing Avatar!

And “Zoe Derangement Syndrome” strikes again. . .why am I not surprised: “Get that girl a sandwich” “So-and-so is a better actress” “She’s not that cute”…it took how many comments before people started with the negativity? Three? Seriously, this doesn’t happen in the threads about the guys. No one ever says: “Get Zach a sandwich,” despite the fact that you could cut yourself on his hip bones. Why IS that?

BTW, Zoe is not too skinny: look at her arm in that first picture — that’s muscle tone, which anorexic people generally don’t have. . . you don’t think she’s a bombshell,or like the way she looks? Fine, but we don’t need to read it every time a thread dedicated to what Zoe is doing comes up. . . You don’t think she can act. . . again, why bother posting in a thread about her? I don’t get it. . .

~FS

#24

Feel free unwatch ST09 and don’t watch ST09 part 2 then based on your long essay :)

ahh… 30 posts and mostly trolling retards today…

I did like her Uhura, but i’m fairly certainly her Rambo Assassin movie will merely be known as the Comlumbia Diaster…

and for some of you trolls against Unstoppable: go piss off, that movie, as unplausable as you claim, rocked. if a movie makes me rat-rat-rat tap my toes during it, it works it’s magic. Just like ST09, even when you knew the ending, the inbetween kept you watching. nuff said.

@29 …despite the fact that you could cut yourself on his hip bones. lol I’m sure plenty of people would love to cut themselves on his hip bones, if you know what I mean. @24 Giving a movie a good or bad rating based on it’s performance at the box office is disingenuous and two dimensional. A movie that bombs at the theaters can not only be a way better movie than the one that beat it at the box office, but might live on to greater success than the movie that beat it at the box office. While that is absolutely true, the bottom-line is what matters most in today’s Hollywood. Also, your Hollow Man/Pitch Black support for this position, doesn’t match up. Hollow Man bombed at the box office and Pitch Black was a sleeper at the box office. As for the rest, it’s a matter of taste. You keep trying to convince others that there is a right and right opinion on this movie, when it’s really just a matter of different strokes. Trying to convince people to hate something just as much as you do is a pretty futile exercise. That said, I do agree with some of your points (the Romulans totally should have spoken in Romulan to each other) and I think a voice of dissent should be welcome, but without insulting folks. One of the biggest keys to success is belief in yourself and what you put out there. Nobody sane is going… Read more »

@32 I totally know what you mean ;-) But still, you never see anyone say “Get him a sandwich”…

The Romulans did speak Romulan in the background, we just didn’t get enough scenes with them for it to be too noticible. . . and if the Novelization is to be believed (and the fact that it was written from earlier versions of the script), then Ayel actually did dissent (and Nero killed him for it), but once most of the Romulan subplot was removed, then it really doesn’t make much sense storywise to include it. . .

~FS

#29 “And “Zoe Derangement Syndrome” strikes again. . .why am I not surprised: “Get that girl a sandwich” “So-and-so is a better actress” “She’s not that cute”…it took how many comments before people started with the negativity? ”

There were exactly TWO negative comments out of 28 posts.

It was “…so,so cute!” by the way, not “not that cute” unless I totally missed the post you were refering to…

“Seriously, this doesn’t happen in the threads about the guys. No one ever says: “Get Zach a sandwich” …”

No, but they say his nose is big, and they say Chris has a big head and may be losing his hair and needs to bulk up, and they call Shatner a bloated walrus… etc. etc. etc. Women seem to get harsher treatment overall, but the men don’t escape unscathed.

@34

If you saw only two, then you definitely missed a few. :)

No, but they say his nose is big, and they say Chris has a big head and may be losing his hair and needs to bulk up, and they call Shatner a bloated walrus…

Hmm.

I’ve been here for awhile and I haven’t seen not one of those specific things you’ve mentioned. Are you quoting people or just making up what you think are plausible scenarios?

That said you’re right about men getting criticism too, but definitely not focused as much on the physical, at all on ethnicity, nor not nearly as vicious and almost entirely devoid of professional respect.

I have heard people criticize Shatner’s career moves for example and I have seen posters call Pine a pretty boy.

But the last thread discussing Pine focused on being for or against more humor in the next film, not his physical attributes.

I also think a big reason Zoe gets a lot of heat is because she doesn’t physically fit with what Hollywood and many fanboys have traditionally found attractive.

@32: “One of the biggest keys to success is belief in yourself and what you put out there. Nobody sane is going to call what they do “the worst thing ever” and not expect everyone around them to believe that and act accordingly.” I know for a fact that no one sets out to make the worst thing ever. Do you know how hard it is to even get a movie made? Uwe Boll may be a director who makes some of the worst films in the recent years, but he’s a director I envy the most because, let’s face it, he’s making the movies he wants to make and he’s having a blast making them. The fact that he can still make movies after so many flops and so many bad reviews is downright amazing. Who wouldn’t like to have that kind of power? I guess what annoys me about this supreme court is how they all know each other so well that they’re probably just a bunch of “yes men” who would never disagree with each other. Even back in previous posts, a poster named boborci (don’t know if it was him) kept trying to convince me that Uhura saved the ship. Well, if she did it certainly wasn’t because she wanted to. She may have discovered that klingon transmission, but she wasn’t the one who put it to any use, Kirk did. Heck, she even states that with the line “Kirk’s report is accurate” with a gesture… Read more »

@34 Yeah, you missed one: “And not to sound grouchy, but I also can’t see Zoe’s appeal. I just don’t think she is that attractive…”

and yes, you quoted: “Zoe is so, so cute!” but left off: “But I don’t see her as an action girl” Why not? The woman was shooting bows and arrows, riding horses and jumping around like mad in Avatar. . . and shooting guns and kicking ass in “The Losers” She an actress who pays her bills with what parts she can get. . . why try to typecast her as “The cute girl”. . .

And while there are comments about Chris needing to bulk up (but that was more a critique on the fact that in STXI Kirk didn’t really win a fight). . . it doesn’t happen in EVERY thread about Chris Pine. . . no one tells Zach to get a nose job in EVERY thread about him. . .but someone will say something bad about Zoe in EVERY thread that comes up about her; about her acting, or attitude or looks. . . so, yeah. . . I stande by my comment.

~FS

Zoe makes an Uhura with a “contemporary charm” …. which brings us to the Uhura of Nichelle Nichols. …. They are not equal physically …. it would not make sense now! …. But the charm of the character she caught for sure!

Zoe’s Awesome like Uhura!

@36

boborci is actually Bob Orci. As for the yes men thing, there’s no way to really determine that unless you actually know them. What I do know is that Orci is a Trekkie while JJ is a total Star Wars fanboy…

That doesn’t read as “yes men” to me. :)

The romance subplot is a big thorn in many people’s sides, but it doesn’t come out of nowhere nor does it not serve a purpose. Basically, it’s Oedipal.

One of the biggest themes in the movie was how these characters dealt and evolved with the differences this timeline made to Kirk and Spock’s parentage.

Kirk at first dodged and then set-out to prove that he could live up to George’s Kirk’s legacy.

Spock’s evolution was his acceptance of his human heritage and the fact that even Vulcans feel. That’s what his dad’s admittance that he loved his mom was about.

@36

Also, maybe my memory is shoddy, but the only time I ever saw Uhura take command was one episode of TAS (the animated series) where all the men were incapacitated.

If there were other instances, like in TOS or the movies, that I’m forgetting I’d love to know about it.

#35 “@34 “If you saw only two, then you definitely missed a few. :)” Farstrider pointed out, I missed ONE – not a few. I went back and counted. Did you? “I’ve been here for awhile and I haven’t seen not one of those specific things you’ve mentioned. Are you quoting people or just making up what you think are plausible scenarios?” I’ve seen comments that cover all these issues, but no, I am not *quoting* exact comments. II don’t have an eidetic memory. I am paraphrasing. #37 “and yes, you quoted: “Zoe is so, so cute!” but left off: “But I don’t see her as an action girl” ” That is insulting in your opinion? How so? Does an actress have to be an “action girl” to be considered worthy of attention? That is someone’s personal opinion, and I don’t see it as necessarily negative. I understand Zoe needs to work, and I don’t begrudge her that, but I much prefer to see an actress play a psychologically complex character than simply an “action girl.” I don’t see Zoe as an “action” girl either, just because I don’t really believe in the idea that someone her size, no matter how toned, can really kick butt against muscular guys. They would pick her up and slam her into a wall. I don’t like the way Hollywood presents Barbie doll faux tough chicks, but they want to portray women as tough, but keep casting the slender, model type figure that seems… Read more »

@41

Well, I’m also counting the self-censoring poster at #4. Who’s probably afraid people will call him out if he says anything negative. :)

Well, he can always go to the source at the Latino Review to comfortably say whatever’s on his mind with lots of good company.

I don’t know. I am not a fanboy

Well, I saw how much love Rosario got in comparison. She’s a Trekkie, she has bigger curves, and she’s gotten nude onscreen.

So, I think that’s it.

As for being careful that she not get too skinny, what exactly determines that? And how exactly would one who is naturally so, avoid it?

…Overeat and get extra-lazy to balance it out?

Gene L Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease.

41 “I DO enjoy watching Zoe play a physically fit individual (as she did in Avatar)”

Whoa, whoa, whoa. To say Zoe “played” a physically fit individual in Avatar is plain silly. Zoe’s character in Avatar was a cartoon. You might as well say Kathleen Turner played a hot, bombshell individual as Jessica Rabbit. CGI is just a newer paintbrush, but a paintbrush, nonetheless.

While I appreciate the ladies’ attachment to the one female character, Uhura, I am not eager to give her more character development time on the big screen. Two hours and change isn’t a lot of time, and truth be told, Star Trek is not really an ensemble cast. It is Kirk, the Enterprise, Spock, and McCoy. Then comes a Scotty. The movie Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov are simply a sort of beefed up extra.

That is why a bold move would be to have them star in a limited run Trek TV series. They are signed for three films, I think. Have them do a cable series (a la Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific, or Band of Brothers) as the fourth film. Viacom owns Spike, so they could run it there. THAT’S where you could have Uhura stretch her legs and get some character development.

@43

Star Trek is not really an ensemble cast

Correction. Star Trek wasn’t really an ensemble cast. Now, there’s more freedom to be much moreso. That was do to one actor, who shall remain nameless, demanding the most screentime.

TNG, if you’ll notice, had significantly more character development for the side-characters.

Have them do a cable series (a la Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific, or Band of Brothers) as the fourth film. Viacom owns Spike, so they could run it there. THAT’S where you could have Uhura stretch her legs and get some character development.

Not necessarily. …Remember how Enterprise shorted it’s side-characters in the development department?

Gene L Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease.
44 “Correction. Star Trek wasn’t really an ensemble cast. Now, there’s more freedom to be much moreso. That was do to one actor, who shall remain nameless, demanding the most screentime.” Don’t be shy, you mean The Great Shatner! I respectfully disagree, though. Reboot notwithstanding, Trek12 is not free to radically change the character dynamics. It is still Star Trek, after all. For good or bad, it needs to pay some level of homage to what got it here, and what makes it popular 45 years later. And that is the familiarity of Kirk, the Enterprise, et al. NOT the ideals of Roddenberry-kumbaya. Kirk and Co. are part of the American pop culture in a way few fictional characters ever hope to be. It is a brand. The other Trek series are popular among Trek fans, but NOT the general public. There is a reason why Paramount featured TOS in the JJ film. TNG did have more character development, and also had more than double the episodes of TOS. You have to write about something! “Not necessarily. …Remember how Enterprise shorted it’s side-characters in the development department?” No, because I never watched it. But, notice the series I used as examples? I am aiming much, much higher than Enterprise. I think the way to entice the Saldana’s to appear in the Trek TV series is to promise them character development, and make sure it gets written with arcs for them to chew on. Movie Treks just can’t spread that much… Read more »

@45

You can disagree but it doesn’t make the fact that he did go so far as having other characters’ lines cut any less true. As for what stands out most in the Trek brand, that largely depends on who you’re talking to.

I’d wager most would say Spock, some would think of an over-emoting Kirk and for many, Uhura stood out just for her singularity in TV at time. Roddenberry’s “kumbaya” ideals, as you say, may not have made a huge impact on you, but you cannot presume to speak for everybody else.

The first female astronauts and second black female Academy award winner would most definitely disagree.

Am I the only one who thinks this “Columbiana” sounds like The Professional 2 Luc Besson wanted to do with Natalie Portman as a grown Matilda!!!

@36 “At least my Prime Uhura took command of the Enterprise and saved the day.” When? In “The Lorelei Signal”? That is TAS and not canon. . . and she only took command because all of the men were gone, and the enemy of the week was a race of women. . .I love Uhura, but in TOS and its movies, she was ill-served as a character. . .

@45 “Reboot notwithstanding, Trek12 is not free to radically change the character dynamics. It is still Star Trek, after all. For good or bad, it needs to pay some level of homage to what got it here, and what makes it popular 45 years later.”

Respectfully. . .STXI ‘paid some level of homage to the original Trek’. . . which means that STXII is free to change the character dynamics as the story dictates. . . alternate universe is alternate. . .things change, and there is no going back to 1960s story-telling, ideas or character usage. . .

~FS

#36

So, you admire and envy a director (Uwe Boll) who wastes studios’ money making crappy video game adaptations that barely bring in revenue while shunning critics who (quite rightly) slam his work? You accuse J.J Abrams of being arrogant. From what I have heard about Uwe Boll, you can say the same about him. And besides, most big name directors do get to make the movies they want. Sometimes there are studios that interfere, but Paramount gave J.J a lot of money and their blessings while stepping back and giving him the freedom he needed. And I’m sure a lot of smaller-name directors have to take what they can get, but its the only way they can prove themselves. When they do finally achieve success, then they get to pick and choose.

J.J Abrams is highly respected in Hollywood. You never hear anyone say a bad word about him. J.J Abrams cares about quality. Uwe Boll does not. He’s even admitted that.

And then you have no problem ripping into “The Supreme Court” just because you think they are full of themselves simply because of a commentary on the “Star Trek” dvd/blu ray? And just because they all agree with each other on the commentary, doesn’t mean they don’t have disagreements.

Bob Kane and Bill Finger

Colombiana is about Cataleya Restrepo (Saldana) who as a child witnessed the brutal murder of her parents by a Colombian drug lord, who grows up to be a professional assassin hell bent on revenge.

Batman is about Bruce Wayne who as a child witnessed the brutal murder of his parents by a criminal, who grows up to be a professional crime-fighter hell bent on revenge.