Has J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 11 movie landed its Uhura? And is it Zoe Saldana? Well, why not? Saldana has already landed a big sci-fi role in James Cameron’s upcoming “Avatar”, and with her name “out there”, landing Star Trek 11 is not such a surprise anymore. Or at least, she’s rumored to have been offered the role as young Uhura, originally played by Nichelle Nichols. Basically, the role would involve Zoe sitting at a console and occasionally touching her right (or left) ear. What? Tell me I’m wrong. Anyhoo.
TrekMovie movie reported this:
Sources close to the production tell TrekMovie.com that 29-year-old actress ZoÃ« Saldana has been offered the part of Uhura – the USS Enterprise’s communications officer originally played by Nichelle Nichols. Apparently the deal is not yet final and one outstanding issue may be related to her schedule starring in the James Cameron sci-fi mega movie Avatar which is still in production. Sources indicate that Avatar will be doing location shooting starting in October and Star Trek is slated to start shooting in November. Dealing with a busy actor’s schedules is not new to the Star Trek producers – the same had to be done for Quinto. Insiders tell TrekMovie.com that casting for other Star Trek characters is still ongoing.
With Cameron’s “Avatar” scheduled for a 2009 release, one would assume Zoe could easily hop between sets. Or maybe even finish up Trek 11 before she’s needed on “Avatar”.
Saldana’s previous credits include “Guess Who”, “Dirty Deeds”, and the TV show “Six Degrees”.