Guardians of the Galaxy may soon have its resident emerald assassin locked in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Trek and Avatar actress, Zoe Saldana is in talks to portray the team's comely cosmic killer, Gamora.
With most of the casting speculation for this Marvel Phase Two project focusing on team leader, Star-Lord, which ultimately went to Chris Pratt and Drax the Destroyer, which recently went to former WWE wrestler and burgeoning actor, Dave Bautista, it seems that the cycle of casting rumors for our big screen Gamora quickly escalated to a virtual lock with this report.
In the comics, the character, Gamora is the last of her species called the Zen Whoberis, who were exterminated by the cult-controlling villain, Magus. (An evil version of cosmic hero, Adam Warlock from an alternate future.) Seeking revenge, she fell into the apprenticeship of the Mad Titan, Thanos (the film's likely villain) where she was endowed with not just powers and deadly combat skills, but brainwashed with a purpose: To destroy anything that opposes her master. However, his gorgeous green-skinned guerrilla ultimately went off the reservation and became a mortal enemy of her former master manipulator. Solidifying her status as a hero, she eventually joins the Guardians of the Galaxy team with, among others, Drax the Destroyer, who, also sporting a green exterior, nurtures an anger-driven origin tale that left him with a personal bone to pick with Thanos.
If the report proves true, then Saldana, a fairly big name, will have nabbed a key role in a third potentially-lucrative film franchise, further-solidifying her status as one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses. With the necessary sinner-slaying experience in the bloody 2011 movie, Columbiana, she would certainly be in familiar elements as Gamora. (And seeing as she had a green-skinned roommate in Star Trek, her well of acting inspiration will certainly be full.)
Guardians of the Galaxy trades in Na'vi blue for Gamora green when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014.