Since it doesn’t seem James Cameron will really get started on his five Avatar sequels until August, Zoe Saldana has some time to shoot other movies, like as a black-ops assassin in Hummingbird.
The actress, also widely known for her work in both the Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy film franchises, will star in the film that just last year was considered one of the most overlooked unproduced scripts in Hollywood.
The story, written by John McClain, is said to be cut from the same mold as 2014’s Lucy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will be directed by Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerstrom, also looking to make their first major foray into the feature film industry.
While it will be produced by Broken Road Productions – known for 2010’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as well as 2011’s The Zookeeper – the film is still looking for a distributor, which it might find at a German film trade fair later this month, the industry publication said. Bringing on Saldana should make it an easy sale, and may even help secure a strong budget despite the newness of both the film’s writer and directors.
Saldana is right now reprising her Gamora role from Guardians of the Galaxy for next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, and already has finished work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (which opens May 5) and I Kill Giants, based on Joe Kelly’s graphic novel.
Saldana’s biggest film last year was Star Trek: Beyond, which earned $336.6 million worldwide. She also appeared in Ben Affleck’s Live By Night drama, which so far has earned just $19.4 million worldwide.
She also could begin work on the Avatar franchise as early as fall, at least according to Cameron, reprising her role Neytiri. The first film earned $2.78 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie of all time without adjusting for inflation.
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