Zoe Saldana is going to have a busy 2015. The actress has confirmed speculation that she and her husband are expecting. She is also talking about shooting the next Star Trek and Avatar movies. More details below
Saldana Talks Star Trek/Avatar coordination + TOS Uhura as ‘eye candy’ + typecasting
Zoe Saldana will be hitting the big screen again on August 1st in the Marvel sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy and as part of the promotion she is the subject of a cover story interview in next issue of Hollywood Reporter Magazine. In the article the actress admits she doesn’t know anything about the plot of the next film but she did reveal that producers (presumably at Bad Robot) are coordinating with James Cameron’s team to coordinate her schedule for Trek and the next Avatar movie. Here is the excerpt…
So, what are Avatar 2, 3, and 4 going to be about? Reveal every plot detail, please.
I wish I knew! I’ve been told by Jim [Cameron] that it’ll be about an overall spiritual journey, but I don’t have a script.
OK, then how about Star Trek 3?
I know even less about Trek 3. All I know is that the producers of Trek 3 called the producers of Avatar 2 to find out when Avatar will finish shooting. [They both start shooting next year.]
In other interviews Saldana has said that shooting for the next Avatar films is set to start in "early" 2015. Recently Roberto Orci has said he hoped to start production for the 2016 Star Trek film in the spring of 2015. This would not be the first time that the productions had to work together, the shooting schedules for both JJ Abrams Star Trek and James Cameron’s Avatar also had some overlap.
The interview also touched on the issues of women in sci-fi and typecasting…
The sci-fi genre has not always been such a welcoming place for women. In the original Trek, most of the women were in miniskirts or tin-foil bikinis. Even Uhura wasn’t much of a role …
She was eye candy. But that’s true of every genre. Eighty percent of what’s out there is told through the point of view of a male. I can sit down with so many filmmakers for so many projects and play so many actors’ girlfriends or wives. But in sci-fi, I can play Gamora.
Are you worried about getting typecast in sci-fi? Are you longing to do a serious drama set in a one-room cottage in the woods?
A lot of the people who have power — the ones doing the casting or writing reviews — these are people who put people in boxes. They look at what I’ve done and think, "Oh she’s a sci-fi beauty queen." I wish that wasn’t the case. I didn’t purposely avoid doing things other than sci-fi. In between Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians, I’ve done other films, right here on Earth.
New Guardians Clip
Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, here a clip Marvel released today featuring Zoe (as Gamora) and the gang planning their escape from space prison.
Saldana confirms pregnancy
In more personal Saldana news, the actress’ publicist has confirmed the speculation that she and her husband Marco Perego are expecting their first child. According to Us Weekly, Zoe is three months pregnant So congratulations Zoe!
Saldana and baby bump at Monday’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ premiere in Hollywood