Washington (ANI): Actress Zoe Saldana has signed on to star in
the new 'Star Trek" movie to be helmed by director JJ Abrams.
Saldana will be playing Uhura, the communications officer on the
USS Enterprise. In original TV series, Uhura - which means freedom
in Swahili - rose to the rank of commander. The character was
played by Nichelle Nichols in the series. Saldana is currently
filming James Cameron's sci-fi tentpole "Avatar."
Abrams is also producing "Star Trek" through his Paramount-based
Bad Robot shingle. The movie will revolve around the crew's early
days at Starfleet Academy. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci wrote the
screenplay and will exec produce alongside Bryan Burk and Damon
Lindelof. The film is set for a Christmas Day 2008 release.