I’ll give you a second to recover from imagining a non-Zoe Saldana Uhura, and then we’ll carry on.
Explained Saldana to Latina magazine:
“I think I was just a little beside myself because after the treat and the gift of booking Avatar and being in the middle of shooting, to be able to then do another great movie with another great filmmaker back to back – I was a little overwhelmed and I thought: ‘Maybe I should just take some time off and focus and just rest?’”
Zoe, no! I don’t need another reason to dislike Avatar!
“My team was like, ‘Zoe, are you stupid? Don’t let fear immobilize you. This is an amazing opportunity to step into the shoes of an iconic character in an iconic series and it’s in space and you’re a sci-fi buff.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God, who am I kidding?’”
Whoever they are, Zoe’s team deserves some flowers. Some flowers and chocolate. Maybe my firstborn child. My undying appreciation, at the very least.
But, ducking into the world where Avatar stopped Saldana from playing Uhura for moment (noooo, it hurts), if she had turned down the role, is there anyone else you’d have liked to see take it up?