Last year there were two people who broke out in a big way. One was Sam Worthington who we first saw in Terminator Salvation, and then again in James Cameron’s Avatar. His co-star Zoe Saldana also had a good year playing Neytiri, as well as Uhura in the hugely successful Star Trek reboot.
Whereas Worthington has been signing onto leading roles in a number of big projects over recent months, Saldana hasn’t signed onto anything. It could be the case that she decided to take a rest following the whirlwind that was Avatar, although a more depressing thought could be that despite Saldana’s breakout year there are no decent leading roles for non-white actresses for her to take advantage of.
Luckily for Saldana Taken producer Luc Besson has written a movie with a leading role that suits the actress perfectly.
Zoe Saldana is in early negotiations to star in “Colombiana,” a drama that Luc Besson is producing under his Europa Corp. The project is slated for late-summer start with Olivier Megaton (“Transporter 3”) directing.
Written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, “Colombiana” is set in Latin America and the U.S. Saldana would play a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents’ death.
This will be Saldana’s first time at ‘carrying’ a movie. Let’s hope she does well and it reverses the trend of female vigilante movies sucking (Aeon Flux, Ultraviolet). I suppose even if it does go wrong she’s always got the Star Trek and Avatar sequels to fall back on.