Zoe Saldana Targeting Lead Role in Assassin Film Columbiana
by Ethan Anderton
May 17, 2010
After having a sensational career breakthrough last year starring in two of 2009's biggest flicks, Star Trek and Avatar, Zoe Saldana is becoming quite the household name and she's even had two flicks released in 2010 already (The Losers and the Death at a Funeral remake). Now aside from upcoming sequels for Avatar and Star Trek, the actress has another role in sights as Heat Vision reports she has entered into negotiations to star in Columbiana, a Luc Besson produced assassin flick which is supposed to start shooting at the end of the summer with Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton (yes, that's his real last name) at the helm.
Written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (who also wrote Transporter 3, Taken and many more French action films) the story is set in Latin America and follows a young woman who, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents' death. Sounds a lot like a grown up version of Lucy Liu's character Oren Ishii from Kill Bill or plenty of other characters in similar revenge stories before now.
Though Saldana has proven she is truly a genuine talent on screen, I'm not so certain this is a role that I want to see her take on. We already saw her kick some asses as an assassin of sorts with The Losers (which was some nonsensical fun), but I would prefer not to see her do many more generic action movies like this. On top of that, it sounds like there's already another more intriguing female assassin project on the horizon, Joe Wright's Hanna starring Saoirse Ronan as a 14-year-old Eastern European girl raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. There's always the chance she'll end up not taking on the role since I'm sure she's being offered plenty of other projects all the time, so stay tuned for further developments. Thoughts?