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Zoe Saldana in Talks to Play Gamora in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

She played a blue-skinned character so why not give green a try?

There hasn't been too much news recently for Guardians of the Galaxy. With the movie due out next year, the studio needs to complete the cast. It was reported today that Zoe Saldana is in talks to play Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe.

Chris Pratt has been cast as Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax with James Gunn directing. The movie set for an August 1, 2014 release and is to start production in June.

This won't be the first time Saldana is playing a deadly character as she is returning to the role of Neytiri in Avatar 2 and also played another comic book character, Aisha, in The Losers. Of course she also plays Uhura in the Star Trek movies.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Posted by RedX9

Good actress and a good pick. She can play a hardcore character and can also do her own stunts and be very physical. Gamora? Perfect casting!

Posted by Ellie_Knightfall

Beyond excited about this. Wasn't into this movie at all until this was announced.

Posted by akbogert

Meh, I don't want to hear about things "in talks," haha. I want confirmed.

I would love to see this become confirmed though :)

Posted by judasnixon

Wasn't my first choice, but if she gets the part I'm sure she will do just fine. Funny she had a green lady as a roommate in Star Trek, now she might be play one herself......

Posted by queenfrost_

She can act but she'd reaalllyyy have to put on some muscle if she wanted to do this. Her body type is an ectomorph from what I can tell and Gamora is like...super-muscle.

I would rather Rosario Dawson tho.

Posted by Loki9876

I still want someone else for Drax, the others are fine.

Edited by Lykida

She can act but she'd reaalllyyy have to put on some muscle if she wanted to do this. Her body type is an ectomorph from what I can tell and Gamora is like...super-muscle.

I would rather Rosario Dawson tho.

I agree. I'd like someone more badass for the part. Could also be some so far unknown actress maybe.

Posted by Overlander

I approve.

Posted by Ellie_Knightfall

@lykida said:

@queenfrost_ said:

She can act but she'd reaalllyyy have to put on some muscle if she wanted to do this. Her body type is an ectomorph from what I can tell and Gamora is like...super-muscle.

I would rather Rosario Dawson tho.

I agree. I'd like someone more badass for the part. Could also be some so far unknown actress maybe.

I think Zoe's got badass pretty much down to a 't', personally,

Posted by Akindoodle

She can act but she'd reaalllyyy have to put on some muscle if she wanted to do this. Her body type is an ectomorph from what I can tell and Gamora is like...super-muscle.

I would rather Rosario Dawson tho.

Why Dawson? I'm not complaining, I love her but odd choice... and I think green would look better on Saldana anyway

Posted by Chewish

I really like Saldana, it's just...she's already been in two sci-fi franchises. I would like it for someone else to have a chance to play a badass space lady. Maybe Christina Hendricks (she was pretty good in Firefly)? What about Gemma Arterton?

Posted by hyenascar

Zoe is gorgeous, but Gamora is a wrecking machine. She is huge and powerful.We will see how this pans out.

Edited by The_Tree

Yes, please!

Edited by BritishMonkey

Interesting. Not surprising at all that she can do good as Gamora. There's still the fan favourite floating around of Olivia Wilde as Gamora. I'd like to see Gina Carrano go for it even.

Posted by dondave

@akbogert said:

Meh, I don't want to hear about things "in talks," haha. I want confirmed.

I would love to see this become confirmed though :)

QFT

Posted by akbogert

@queenfrost_: @lykida: @ellie_knightfall: @hyenascar: Based on the direction they've been taking Gamora in Nova/GotG, she looks a little lighter (mass-wise) than older iterations. I've not seen Saldana's more action-y movies (Colombiana, The Losers) but I think as the comics and film move to accommodate one another, it will at least be believable as far as Marvel NOW is concerned. And of course personality-wise I think she's a shoe-in.

Posted by hyenascar

@akbogert: That would be disappointing too. Gamora was someone I enjoyed exactly the way she was. Who knows, I'll let them tell the story, and I will pay to see if it was any good.

Edited by Ellie_Knightfall

@akbogert: Yeah, I noticed from the covers and the default GotG image that she's much more lithe now (jury's still out on how I feel about the new costume design). Zoe's one of my favorite actresses and she without a doubt has the chops and the physicality to handle this role.

Interesting. Not surprising at all that she can do good as Gamora. There's still the fan favourite floating around of Olivia Wilde as Gamora. I'd like to see Gina Carrano go for it even.

Gina Carrano would be awesome as Gamora (and has actual real life fighting skill). She's my current fan cast for WW.

I saw somebody complaining on BC about how Zoe was too skinny to play Gamora...but the actress they would have chosen was Olivia Wilde and I was pretty confused, considering they're both quite slender.

Edited by BlueLantern1995

She's good in Star Trek...lets see where this goes...right now I'll say I support though we'll only have to wait and see.

Edited by LaserLambert

In her quest to be in every movie ever Zoe Saldana signs on to another science fiction film

Edited by akbogert

@hyenascar: You say "would be" as if it were hypothetical :P Have you seen the recent issues of those various books featuring Gamora? She's already different.

@ellie_knightfall: What confuses me is that in Nova she has the old outfit. I guess I'm still unclear as to timing, where that fits in compared to GotG proper. Anyhow, while I complained a lot about Starfire's outfit and loved her spacesuit look, I actually feel the opposite about Gamora. Her former outfit was extremely signature (skulls and all), and the new one's pretty forgettable.

Edited by TheNameIsWayne
Posted by Rabidwolfdog

Lets just call her an Alien, she currently getting type cast as one.

Edited by Namor1987

too short

Edited by Smurfboy

Can't wait to see Dave Bautista dress up as Drax. And I am definitely looking forward to see this movie! Zoe is a great actress.

Posted by papad1992

Um... you forgot to mention Columbiana!!

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I can see this cast choice working.

Edited by DH69

pass not a fan of her work, other than star trek i find her underwhelming as an actress, plus i've always pictured gamora as an asian space chick, i'd prefer someone like that to play her.

plus she's all skin and bone, i'd prefer an actress with some actual curves.

Posted by shackle

@chewish said:

I really like Saldana, it's just...she's already been in two sci-fi franchises. I would like it for someone else to have a chance to play a badass space lady. Maybe Christina Hendricks (she was pretty good in Firefly)? What about Gemma Arterton?

Why do people keep trying to put Christina Hendricks in action roles? Don't get me wrong, she is absolutely gorgeous, but she's not athletic, she can't even fake athletic with her body. When there were still rumors of a Red Sonja movie, people were trying to put her in that role as well. No. No no no no no. She's awesome, but she is completely, absolutely, and unquestionably wrong for playing athletic characters.

Posted by Mister_Sensational

@dh69 said:

pass not a fan of her work, other than star trek i find her underwhelming as an actress, plus i've always pictured gamora as an asian space chick, i'd prefer someone like that to play her.

plus she's all skin and bone, i'd prefer an actress with some actual curves.

I'm not saying I disagree with you on the Gamora as an Asian space chick thing but what Asian actress comes to your mind and makes you think "athletic and curvy" I mean really?

Posted by Mucklefluga

Yes, yes, yes, yes please!

Edited by Uncanny_Doom

Well, this would make up for the reports of Batista playing Drax...somewhat.

Edited by lorex

I like Saldana and I know she has the acting chops to pull off a female action role but to be honest she was not the first one to come to mind for the role of Gamora. I guess I pictured Gamora as a bit taller and more muscular but I am willing to be surprised.

Posted by LordRequiem

Good actress but she does not have the looks required.

Edited by SupremeHyperion

Saldana might pass, but not an ideal pick, and they need to pick a better drax (the reason i'm really pumped for this movie, and they kill me with batista )

Edited by Crimsonlord53

Would not have been my first pic.

Posted by fodigg

Not what I expected but I'd watch her in anything. Tremendously talented actress, versatile in the characters she can portray, and she has serious sci-fi cred. It's a good fit.

Posted by fodigg

@dh69 said:

pass not a fan of her work, other than star trek i find her underwhelming as an actress, plus i've always pictured gamora as an asian space chick, i'd prefer someone like that to play her.

Why did you picture her as Asian? Was there a particular artist that drew her that way? When I think "Marvel Comics green Asian space chick" I think Mantis, not Gamora.

Posted by Perfect 10

WHY??????????!!!!!!!!! i zoe but she is so anorexic, we need someone with some meat on their bones like lynn collins. hopefully she will want too much money

Posted by Metron144

She could do it, but she seriously needs to gain some weight. At least back to her drumline level.

Posted by lrtaylor02

People keep saying she's too skinny, but stars gain and lose weight all the time to fit a role. Maybe her body doesn't match the drawings (which are always grossly exaggerated, btw), but that doesn't mean she won't put on the weight or muscle to get closer to the role. Side note: All this skinny/anorexic talk is just as mean as calling someone fat.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

i'm glad, she's a good fit. Plus she's easy on the eyes... Even if she will be green.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Eh, in talks just means that...in talks. Intriguing though, but for my taste Zoe is far too thin for the role. Far too thin. I do admit I have bias though so, there you go.

Posted by akbogert
Posted by ragdollpurps

Gamora, bby, I'm ready for you. Come to mama.

Posted by CharlieJade

No Mantis?

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

I still think Priyanka Chopra would have been better in this role.