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Zoe Saldana May Kick More Ass In 'Columbiana'

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May 17, 2010 | 4:56am EDT

Zoe SaldanaSource: Heat Vision Blog

Zoe Saldana is a trained ballet dancer and talented performer who once was relegated to roles as eye candy or sassy female co-star in below-par films like Drumline and Crossroads. Ever since James Cameron put blue body paint (thank you sir!) on her, though, she's been reborn as a sci-fi action heroine with a box-office heavy resume on her belt. Now, she's using that reputation to kick more ass in films and Luc Besson might have the perfect gig her.

THR's Heat Vision Blog reports that the Star Trek starlet is in talks to topline the French filmmakers latest project, an action drama known as Columbiana.

Written by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, Columbiana is set in Latin America and the U.S. Saldana would play 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.

Personally, I'd like to see Saldana flex her acting muscles a bit more with something less physical. I know that she is capable of more than running and gunning, which she's guaranteed to do plenty of in the future with the Star Trek and Avatar sequels. It's time for Zoe to branch out: she should take a drama; she should take a comedy (and not a god-awful one like Death at a Funeral). She can be just as dangerous on screen without a weapon in hand. She should show the world why she's a star. Besides, Columbiana sounds awfully contrived and the character sounds pretty close to the one she just played in The Losers. Just saying...

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