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Zoe Saldana In Talks To Play Christian Bale's Ex-Wife In "Out of the Furnace"

by Vanessa Martinez
March 5, 2012 6:20 PM
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Zoe Saldana is currently in talks to star with Dark Knight's Christian Bale in the drama Out of the Furnace, written and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). Out of the Furnace, a "gritty throwback to 1970s movies" according to Variety, and based on Brad Ingelsby's script The Low Dweller, revolves around an ex-con, played by Bale, who is determined to avenge the death of his younger brother once he's released from prison.

Saldana would play a waitress married to the town's sheriff and Bale's ex-wife. Robert Duvall and Viggo Mortensen are slated to star as Bale's uncle and the film's villain respectively.

Although Relativity Media has not greenlit the project and the actors have yet to be confirmed, the producers are looking to begin filming in late spring. Relativity will be producing with Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.

Zoe Saldana stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the thriller The Words, which premiered at Sundance last January. She is also reprising her role as Uhura in the Star Trek sequel, currently in production and due out next year.

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  • AccidentalVisitor | March 6, 2012 11:08 PMReply

    Wait. Did someone actually say that Poor Zoe isn't in position to choose her leading men? LOL. Is that going to be the excuse now? If a black male star has a non-black love interest he is to blame because he can make the decisions (wtf?). But those poor, downtrodden black female stars like Zoe don't have any say and therefore its okay. After all....they are trying to advance their careers. Okay. Yet if a black actor tried to advance his by expanding his base in that fashion black society throws a hissy fit. Hypocritical much? It is comedic at this point because Zoe is on track to be the love interest of every white male star in the world, but, hey, she's a victim you know? This lady may already have more white onscreen love interests than all the black male stars of the past twenty years combined and doesn't even get a fraction of the venom directed at those guys when they do one film with a leading white lady. And by the way Zoe is extremely choosy in regards to what roles she plays. She has plenty of choices and increasingly more clout. Do you think she ever stops and suggests to herself that maybe she shouldn't be exclusively the prize of white men on the big screen? Evidence suggests the answer is "no". And to be fair that should not be held against her. But if Denzel or Will ever came close to doing something like that we would be bombarded with complaints that they are rejecting black women by doing this and that their decisions have a negative effect on the self-esteem of black women blah, blah, blah. The game is ridiculously one-sided. Last of all didn't certain posters on this site attack black actors who dated/married white women , talked bad about them as if they were the scum of the Earth and that they should not be cast in movies considering how they have alienated black females? And yet Zoe hooks up only with white guys both on and off the screen but she is treated as a heroic icon by many of those same posters. Interesting.

  • Akimbo | March 7, 2012 6:29 PM

    Dude, Zoe is not Will Smith or Denzel Washington. She's not even Eddie Murphy or Jamie Foxx. She's just not at that point in her career. She's still being "cast" in projects as opposed to having them built around her. It's not about "poor her;" she literally does not have enough clout to weigh in on casting for studio movies.

  • kai | March 6, 2012 8:52 AMReply

    "Zoe has publicly acknowledged that she's a black women of Dominican descent", Well you can't dispute the obvious, your skin tone won't let you, and that's really the only thing that matters in today's society. This is how Whiteywood has been running for years, nothing new here, they pick and choose who they think will bring in the dough.

  • BONDGIRL | March 6, 2012 2:48 PM

    Thanks Vanessa for the breakdown of Latin culture, but this is the quote Zoe made, which seems to be more content with embracing being black than being Dominican.--->"When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, "¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?" (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don't understand it, and it's the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, "Yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.") [They go,] "Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita." ("Oh no, you are 'dark skinned'") I'm like, "No! Let's get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra." ("I am a black woman.")"

  • Vanessa | March 6, 2012 12:48 PM

    @Quentin & KAI - It's actually the other way around..She is a Dominican woman of African descent. That goes for most blacks in caribbean hispanic countries. They identify with where they're from first; most times, whether they're right or wrong, they choose to identify solely based on their nationality, then it bogs down to race.

    I'm not speaking for Zoe necessarily; I don't remember her exact words when she answered that question, but I think it was something along the lines of she was Black AND Dominican.

  • Quentin | March 5, 2012 11:48 PMReply

    She doesn't "do" black men anymore. So, of course her ex would be Christian Bale...

  • Nadine | March 6, 2012 11:51 PM

    Well she just "did" Wood Harris last year. Co-sign Akimbo and BGirl below. It's not like you had a bunch of Black women writing and directing an historical piece on Sojourner Truth who then decided to add a love story with the local abolitionist. I'm just sayin'... ;)

  • Akimbo | March 6, 2012 2:30 PM

    "Why Will" because he is arguably the biggest movie star in the world, definitely the biggest black one. I didn't realize I needed to list all of the black leading men to satisfy you, but you've done a good job of naming others. I'm sure she would work with Idris (again) or Jamie. Martin (though she has worked with him before) and Eddie are not the best names to hitch your star to, so I'm more skeptical about those two. Will, Denzel, hell yes. Jamie, Idris, Chiwetel, Cheadle, probably. Martin, Eddie, Cuba, Terrence...unless it's an awesome project or an incredible amount of money, what's the point? She is trying to advance her career, here, not prove that she's still got love for the black man. Taking race out of this, Christian Bale is coming off of an Oscar win and one of the highest grossing and most-respected series of superhero movies ever. Throw in Oscar and critical darlings Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen, and director Scott Cooper? Come on, now; easy decision. Also, what Bondgirl said.

  • BONDGIRL | March 6, 2012 12:18 PM

    @Quentin: I'm not sure if that snark was directed towards Zoe or TPTB@ Relativity, but unlike Will, Denzel, and Vin she isn't in a position to choose her leading man...actors are hired help until they prove they can bring in BO dollars on their own (not an ensemble). She didn't feel the "need to defend" her ethnicity; she was telling a story about how Latin press agents, who are colorist and now choose to claim her as a Latina, kept asking her if she considers herself Dominican or American.

  • Quentin | March 6, 2012 1:48 AM

    I would feel the need to defend myself too if the perception of me, on and off the screen, is actually the contrary. And why Will? What about Idris or Jamie? What about Eddie or Martin?

  • Akimbo | March 5, 2012 11:59 PM

    No, she only does high profile now. Best believe, if Will Smith needs a female lead, she will be there...that is, if the suits allow Will to romance a negress. And before THAT debate gets started, Zoe publicly acknowledges that she is a black woman of Dominican descent.

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