Zoe Saldana is currently in negotiations to play the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy.
Saldana is vying for the role of Gamora, a green-skinned humanoid who is the last of her species, the Zen Whoberi. Gamora is raised and trained as an assassin by Thanos and is proficient in martial arts, which earned her the nickname of “the deadliest woman in the whole galaxy.” Created by Jim Starlin, Gamora made her first appearance in Strange Tales #180 in June 1975 and became a member of the Guardians in 2008.
If Saldana is cast, she will join David Bautista, who will play Drax the Destroyer, a human resurrected as a a warrior whose sole purpose is to kill Thanos, and Chris Pratt, who will play Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians. Other characters will include Groot, a sentient tree-like creature, and Rocket Raccoon, an anthropomorphic raccoon who is an expert marksman.
Filming for Guardians of the Galaxy is set to begin in June at Shepperton Studios in London. The movie, which is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Movie 43), is set for an August 1, 2014 release.
Guardians of the Galaxy was originally created in 1969, and the team made their first appearance in issue #18 of the partial reprint title Marvel Super-Hearoes. The superhero team appeared sporadically in several Marvel titles before getting their own self-titled comic in the 1990s. Guardians of the Galaxy ran for 62 issues and garnered a four-issue spinoff titled Galactic Guardians.
A second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy was published in May 2008, which features a new team drawn from the Marvel crossover storyline Annihilation: Conquest.
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