What’s Next For ‘Avatar’ Star Zoe Saldana?

After a blockbuster year with 'Star Trek' and James Cameron's latest, we see what's on deck for the actress.

With James Cameron set on tackling a smaller picture before heading back to the CG world he created for “Avatar,” it’ll be a while before star [movieperson id=”242567″]Zoe Saldana[/movieperson] once again dons her motion-capture suit and becomes the elegant alien Neytiri. Following this year’s blockbuster success of both “Avatar” and “Star Trek,” what will be the 31-year-old actress’ future on the big screen? Here’s where we know she’ll be headed in 2010 and beyond.

“Takers”
Once titled “Bone Deep,” this shoot-’em-up heist flick is next up for Saldana, arriving in theaters in February. Co-starring Chris Brown and T.I., “Takers” tells the story of a band of bank robbers and the detectives assigned to bring them down. MTV News visited the Culver City, California, set in October, where we witnessed some intense gunfights and got a taste of what’s to come from Brown. “We’re trying to survive without getting blown away!” he said.

[movie id=”285449″]“The Losers”[/movie]
Based on a World War II-focused comic book series, this film features Saldana as Aisha, a badass loose cannon on a team of intelligence operatives. “She’s just lethal — completely lethal,” Saldana told us in August while showing off the black and blue marks she’d obtained while training for the part. Co-starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans and Columbus Short, “Losers” will arrive in theaters in April of 2010.

A “Star Trek” Sequel
J.J. Abrams’ reboot of this venerable sci-fi franchise reeled in $385 million worldwide — you better believe a sequel is in the works. Zoe Saldana plays the sultry alien Uhura, who resists the advances of James Kirk and finds out she actually has a thing for Spock. So when might we see a “Star Trek” sequel?

Said Saldana in a recent MTV interview, “I spoke to J.J. and Bryan Burk, his producing partner at Bad Robot, and they are still in the middle of building the script with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and we’ll probably be going into pre-production around this time next year.”

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