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Zoe Saldana In Talks To Play Female Lead In Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 3, 2013 3:02 PM
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Zoe Saldana is in talks to play the female lead in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy big screen adaptation, says THR.

Assuming an agreement is reached, Saldana will play a character named Gamora (image below-left), described as "the green-skinned humanoid who is the last of a species that was exterminated by a race known as the Badoon. She also happens to be a skilled assassin."


The character sounds like a combination of Neytiri (the character she played in Avatar) and Cataleya, the character she played in Colombiana.

Ms Saldana will join Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, in the movie adaptation of the superhero movie franchise (potentially).

James Gunn is directing the movie, with a June shoot start date eyed, with Disney releasing it on August 1, 2014. 

Another intriguing career move here for Zoe. She's certainly no stranger to sci-fi/fantasy material - Avatar and Star Trek to start - as well as action adventure movies (Colombiana, The Losers). So she should be very comfortable here, and playing the female lead should only raise her mainstream profile and box office appeal even higher.

In addition to the much talked about Nina Simone film she stars in, Zoe also option the mystery/thriller novel Hell Or High Water (the debut novel from Joy Castro), via her production company Saldana Productions, which she runs with her sister Cisley Saldana.

She also has the ensemble crime drama Blood Ties and the thriller Out Of The Furnace coming soon.

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  • Amanda | April 4, 2013 3:42 PMReply

    I am not quite sure why Shadow and Act talk about Zoe Saldana? On Saldana's wikipedia page she's listed as a Latina not as a black woman. Saldana isn't viewed as a black actress in Hollywood either. Saldana is like Rosario Dawson she's only black when it is convenient or a career move like her Nina Simone flick.

  • ALM | April 5, 2013 1:05 PM

    You used wikipedia as a genuine reference? *Shudders*

  • The Answer | April 5, 2013 4:25 AM

    It's because she's black. And anyone can edit Wikipedia.

  • mawon | April 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    Why don't you open your Americanized mind up and grasp the concept of Afro-Latinos. Yes, people, you can be both.

  • BluTopaz | April 3, 2013 9:04 PMReply

    Zoe's Nina Simone flick is sci-fi/fantasy as well.

  • mawon | April 4, 2013 3:57 PM


  • K | April 4, 2013 11:17 AM

    this literally made me laugh out loud.

  • starry118 | April 3, 2013 7:54 PMReply

    I think she'll be great for THIS part ...

  • Akimbo | April 3, 2013 4:29 PMReply

    Love both Pratt and Saldana, hope the movie comes out well.

  • Um No | April 3, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    SAGEVALENTINE is either retarded, can't read or is jealous as hell. I say all of the above.

    SAGE, please drink some bleach. Thanks.

  • sagevalentine | April 4, 2013 11:16 AM

    How about none of the above.

  • sagevalentine | April 3, 2013 4:03 PMReply

    There are so many women of color that could play this part why is she the only person up for it. This woman does not like black people and has voiced her opinion about us in Nylon, Essence and Ebony magazines. She is not a representation of the black community or black women in general.

  • sagevalentine | April 4, 2013 11:31 AM

    LOL Trolls roam indiewire 24/7 so hilarious.

  • K | April 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    I think you are the one who doesn't like black people if you feel that a woman who talks constantly about being black, fought to be in a movie about a black woman, somehow does not like black people. Stop.

  • Carl | April 3, 2013 4:18 PM

    What magazines are you reading. There is even a video where she states she is black.

    I think you are just a bitch ass hater.

  • Akimbo | April 3, 2013 4:17 PM

    1. Because she's a movie star. 2. Lies. Zoe sees herself as a black woman so don't even start with that.

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