Zoe Saldana who has been in the news recently for her upcoming portrayal of songstress Nina Simone, is negotiating her next role, the female lead in Marvel Studio’s Guardian of the Galaxy.
In the film, Saldana would play Gamora, the green-skinned humanoid who is the last of a species that was exterminated by a race known as the Badoon – who also happens to be a skilled assassin.
Already cast in the film is Chris Pratt, who is playing Star-Lord, and Dave Bautista, who portraying Drax the Destroyer, in the space-set adventure movie. Others in the superhero group that need to be cast also includes Groot, a giant tree-man, and Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives.
Saldana brings plenty of experience and credibility to these roles in big-budget studio films. She will be back as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness, opening May 17, and will reprise her role as Neytiri for Avatar 2. Saldana also just recently finished production of the crime drama, Out of the Furnance with Christian Bale.
James Gunn will direct Guardian of the Galaxy, which is eyeing a June production start date. Disney has set an August 1, 2014, release date for Guardians.