Photo: Zoe Saldana Gives "Star Trek Into Darkness" Some Latin Flavor
Actress Zoe Saldaña plays the female lead in “Star Trek into Darkness,” a “much more intense” film than the one that preceded it in 2009, she told Efe on Monday.
Directed as was the first film in the saga by J.J. Abrams, “Star Trek Into Darkness” premieres this Thursday and Saldaña returns in the role of Uhura, the communications officer of the Starship Enterprise.
“You feel the drama more and it’s all more intense. You really notice how the characters have developed and that was what I liked best,” said Saldaña, who played the alien Neytiri in “Avatar,” the film with the biggest gross in history.
The “Star Trek” sequel has more action, a more intricate story and an enemy whose secrets could be devastating for humanity.
“We women are delicate and beautiful, but we can also resolve some daunting situations, we know how to act instinctively and come up with solutions. There are directors who know that and I love it when they put it in their pictures,” she said.
Acting in the sequel besides Saldaña are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve, with Britain’s Benedict Cumberbatch playing the villain.
The actress said she felt sure of herself in the part thanks to the approval she received from Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Uhura in the “Star Trek” television series.
“Having her blessing was fundamental. And I also had the support of a director who wrote something specifically for me. He opened the doors for me to come out and create,” Saldaña said.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to catch Star Trek Into Darkness when is opens in theaters May 17.