She already did that motion-capture alien business in Avatar, so let’s please not make this a regular thing for a talented performer, right? Hoping to continue that line of work, anyhow, THR inform us Zoe Saldana is being roped into Marvel’s space action superhero insert-genre-signifier-here epic, Guardians of the Galaxy, her deal being a gateway to the role of… Gamora. “Who?,” you (or I) may ask, and “who” being a green-skinned assassin left alone after her race of extraterrestrial was eliminated by the film’s villainous Badoon. (Badoon. Badoon.)
In a set-up none too dissimilar from Avatar (or 426 other sci-fi tales), Chris Pratt will help lead the fight as a human-turned-alien, Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord), who’s joined in his quest by a ragtag group of warriors, including Dave Bautista‘s Drax the Destroyer. There’s a clear paucity of human characters in the action — further evidenced by LatinoReview picking up news about an inclusion of The Controller, vile henchman to the prospective antagonist, Thanos — thus making a good challenge for the very-human cast to give Guardians any feeling other than that of simple entertainment. (A duty that also falls to writer-director James Gunn, we should mention.) Before taking flight, Marvel are at least stocking themselves well.
Guardians of the Galaxy will open on August 1st, 2014.
With Saldana also along for the ride, is Gunn’s movie coming together in an encouraging way?
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