EXCLUSIVE: Zoe Saldana Expects ‘Star Trek’ Sequel Before ‘Avatar,’ Preparing To Do Them Back-To-Back

If you don’t know the name Zoe Saldana after 2009, then you don’t follow movies very closely. The star of “Star Trek” and “Avatar,” Saldana is one of the most in-demand performers on the planet right now. As you might imagine, her big priority right now… is reprising her roles in sequels to both of those movies. MTV’s Larry Carroll chatted her up at WonderCon over the weekend, and he asked which we’re likely to see first: “Star Trek 2″ or “Avatar 2.”

“I think ’Star Trek,'” she replied. “Because that one’s already going into pre-production soon….” She paused. “From what I hear,” she corrected, playfully drawing out each word. “Unless J.J., who’s always full of surprises….”

Then Saldana got serious again. “But I do think we’re going into pre-production starting this fall to start shooting early next year. And I have a feeling — I don’t know — that ’Avatar’ is going to happen right after.”

“Avatar” and “Star Trek” sequels are two on-the-horizon projects that have been talked about a great deal, but not set in stone. And while I don’t think anyone really expected the second “Avatar” to arrive before “Star Trek,” it’s great to hear that pre-production starts so soon. Saldana is certainly pleased.

“The fact that I’m going to be able to get to play Uhura again and the fact that I’m going to be able to be Neytiri is wonderful because I haven’t been able to part with them,” she explained. That’s not all though. “And the fact that I’m going to be employed for a year and a half makes me feel really good because that means the rent is covered.”

I appreciate that honesty. Though frankly, it’s sort of amusing to hear Saldana fretting over her rent. Based on how the past year (and those that led up to it) shaped up, it seems likely that such worries will be far from her mind soon enough, and deservedly so. Talent deserves to get paid, after all.

Which are you more excited about: “Star Trek 2″ or “Avatar 2″?