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The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) is in talks with Marvel to play Gamora, the female lead in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” As Gamora, Saldana would be trading in her “Avatar” blue skin for green as the GOTG’s skilled assassin. Saldana is a talented actress with a fan following that continues to build with her experience in genre films, so this would be another huge get for Marvel. I’ve long had her pegged as my favorite to play Wonder Woman one day, but since that character does not appear to be headed toward a silver screen anytime soon, it would be to Marvel’s credit to sign her up first.

Directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be released on August 1, 2014.