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Zoe Saldana joins the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy as Gamora plus a possible villain is discovered

Apr. 3, 2013by:

Another hero joins the roster of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and she is going to get to add another color to her acting palette. Zoe Saldana, star of both STAR TREK and AVATAR, will get painted green for her role as Gamora.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Saldana is in final negotiations, which means this is likely a lock, but you never know. Gamora will be the third member of the Guardians after Chris Pratt's Peter Quinn and Dave Bautista's Drax the Destroyer. The remaining members are Groot and Rocket Raccoon, who are likely going to be motion captured.

Gamora is a significant character in that she was raised by the villain Thanos, who imbued her with her powers. She eventually turned on him, which could provide a huge moment in the movie. The question remains if she will serve as a villain to start the film and then join the Guardians at the end similarly to Hulk in THE AVENGERS.

Latino Review is reporting that another major piece of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY puzzle may be the villain is not directly Thanos but rather The Controller. The Controller. aka Basil Sandhurst, is a Marvel villain most commonly associated with Iron Man, but is also a major henchman for Thanos. This would account for the rumors of a Tony Stark appearance in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and would also setup Thanos well for THE AVENGERS 2 the following year.

Whichever way this goes, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is assembling quite the roster. I like the Chris Pratt casting and think Bautista has the physical presence for Drax. Saldana is sexy as hell and has shown she can work in sci-fi/fantasy with the best of them. I am very intrigued by where this is going and hope we get some more news very soon.

James Gunn will begin filming GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY this summer for an August 1, 2014 release date.

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1:54PM on 04/04/2013

perfect casting

oh, Zoe. you couldve have done better, Marvel. Pratt is an interesting choice but after ZD30, he might have me sold. as for Rocket Raccoon, i'm still pushing for Stephen Graham
oh, Zoe. you couldve have done better, Marvel. Pratt is an interesting choice but after ZD30, he might have me sold. as for Rocket Raccoon, i'm still pushing for Stephen Graham
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5:05AM on 04/04/2013
Ticket sold.
Ticket sold.
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11:45PM on 04/03/2013
Perhaps Rachel Nichols can give her a few tips on what it's like to be covered in green paint.
Perhaps Rachel Nichols can give her a few tips on what it's like to be covered in green paint.
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9:48PM on 04/03/2013
The cast keeps getting better and better.
The cast keeps getting better and better.
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8:44PM on 04/03/2013
Saldana is a talented actress, can certainly handle the physicality of the role, and is just on the cusp of major stardom where she has that perfect blend of recognizibility but is still affordable. Plus since she was in Avatar and Star Trek she's already got the attention of their target audience. There are other actresses I personally might have chosen instead, but all around I feel like this is just a really, really good call.
Saldana is a talented actress, can certainly handle the physicality of the role, and is just on the cusp of major stardom where she has that perfect blend of recognizibility but is still affordable. Plus since she was in Avatar and Star Trek she's already got the attention of their target audience. There are other actresses I personally might have chosen instead, but all around I feel like this is just a really, really good call.
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8:41PM on 04/03/2013

I've been underwhelmed with the casting so far but this seems spot on

Marvel had a slew of young capable actors hoping to land the part of Starlord, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that they went with Chris Pratt, even though he is certainly not who I would've cast were it up to me. With Bautista, I was just outright disappointed. I really wish they would've hired an actual actor and had him bulk up (i.e. Christian Bale in the Batman films, High Jackman in the X-Men ones or Tom Hardy in Bronson and TDKR). This however, is perfect casting in my book.
Marvel had a slew of young capable actors hoping to land the part of Starlord, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that they went with Chris Pratt, even though he is certainly not who I would've cast were it up to me. With Bautista, I was just outright disappointed. I really wish they would've hired an actual actor and had him bulk up (i.e. Christian Bale in the Batman films, High Jackman in the X-Men ones or Tom Hardy in Bronson and TDKR). This however, is perfect casting in my book.
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8:25PM on 04/03/2013
Willem Dafoe or Timothy Olyphant for Rocket Racoon.
Willem Dafoe or Timothy Olyphant for Rocket Racoon.
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9:48PM on 04/03/2013
I'd go with Willem Dafoe.
I'd go with Willem Dafoe.
8:24PM on 04/03/2013
I think it's perfect casting. She can no doubt hold her own against the best of them and looks damn fine kicking ass whether it be Star Trek or The Losers or Colombiana.

I'm still not totally convinced with Pratt being Star Lord. To have beaten out all of the other candidates on that list is mind blowing to me. Hope he proves me wrong though.
I think it's perfect casting. She can no doubt hold her own against the best of them and looks damn fine kicking ass whether it be Star Trek or The Losers or Colombiana.

I'm still not totally convinced with Pratt being Star Lord. To have beaten out all of the other candidates on that list is mind blowing to me. Hope he proves me wrong though.
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8:43PM on 04/03/2013
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8:44PM on 04/03/2013
Go see Zero Dark Thirty and it might sway your opinion. I'm still not totally convinced, but it made me willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until the reviews come in.
Go see Zero Dark Thirty and it might sway your opinion. I'm still not totally convinced, but it made me willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until the reviews come in.
7:39PM on 04/03/2013
Another great casting call by Marvel! I'm pretty pumped for this Marvel Sci-Fi quest, I even bought the first 2 issues of Guardians of the Galaxy, so I can be prepared for the movie.
Another great casting call by Marvel! I'm pretty pumped for this Marvel Sci-Fi quest, I even bought the first 2 issues of Guardians of the Galaxy, so I can be prepared for the movie.
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6:02PM on 04/03/2013
Saldana is Gamora. She played very similar ass-kickers in Avatar and in The Losers.

The Controller is the villain, eh? I would not have anticipated that appearance. However, I like the surprise. First, as indicated, many geeks did not see it coming, most likely. And, as the article indicates, The Controller connects Guardians of the Galaxy to the Iron Man franchise. Controller has also fought Cap. So, the villain could be the evil Coulson of Phase 2. One never knows.
Saldana is Gamora. She played very similar ass-kickers in Avatar and in The Losers.

The Controller is the villain, eh? I would not have anticipated that appearance. However, I like the surprise. First, as indicated, many geeks did not see it coming, most likely. And, as the article indicates, The Controller connects Guardians of the Galaxy to the Iron Man franchise. Controller has also fought Cap. So, the villain could be the evil Coulson of Phase 2. One never knows.
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6:01PM on 04/03/2013

Zoe Saldana?!

i mean who else could it have been?! i'm sure there's like some hollywood decision chart. you need a female action/sci-fi heroine? is the character feminine? Zoe Saldana. is the character not-so-feminine? Michelle Rodriguez.
i mean who else could it have been?! i'm sure there's like some hollywood decision chart. you need a female action/sci-fi heroine? is the character feminine? Zoe Saldana. is the character not-so-feminine? Michelle Rodriguez.
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5:06PM on 04/03/2013
Saldana is a geek's wet dream. From Avatar to Star Trek to now a Marvel heroine, the woman has an impressive resume. This is quickly becoming the most intriguing, and ambitious, of any studio.
Saldana is a geek's wet dream. From Avatar to Star Trek to now a Marvel heroine, the woman has an impressive resume. This is quickly becoming the most intriguing, and ambitious, of any studio.
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4:15PM on 04/03/2013
As a fan of the comics this is incredible casting! I really hope this pans out and doesn't deflate like Jason Momoa's premature casting news. Things are really looking up! Disney/Marvel has to know that this is their riskiest property and (with the exception of Bautista) it seems like they're doing all that they can to make this a hit. If they can't get Jim Carrey for Rocket I suggest they go with Michael Rooker, for some reason his voice is the one I always hear in my head when I read that
As a fan of the comics this is incredible casting! I really hope this pans out and doesn't deflate like Jason Momoa's premature casting news. Things are really looking up! Disney/Marvel has to know that this is their riskiest property and (with the exception of Bautista) it seems like they're doing all that they can to make this a hit. If they can't get Jim Carrey for Rocket I suggest they go with Michael Rooker, for some reason his voice is the one I always hear in my head when I read that character.
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3:53PM on 04/03/2013
Perfection.
Perfection.
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3:50PM on 04/03/2013
Awesome. And for the love of Odin throw whatever money Jim Carrey wants to be Rocket Raccoon.
Awesome. And for the love of Odin throw whatever money Jim Carrey wants to be Rocket Raccoon.
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