The future is now for James Cameron`s `Avatar` stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington
by David Germain
LOS ANGELES – The future keeps calling for Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington.
They had breakout hits last summer in established science-fiction franchises, she in "Star Trek," set in the bright human future of the 23rd century, he in "Terminator Salvation," set in an apocalyptic wasteland a couple of decades from now.
Now they have a potential sci-fi franchise of their own in James Cameron`s "Avatar," a 22nd-century space epic that casts them in a love story involving a 10-foot-tall blue alien and a paralyzed human inhabiting a similar body engineered in the laboratory.
Both had been on a gradual rise in Hollywood but were relative unknowns when Cameron cast them as the leads for "Avatar," his first narrative film since 1997`s "Titanic."
After completing the bulk of the work on "Avatar," Saldana went off to co-star as communications officer Uhura in J.J. Abrams` revival of "Star Trek," while Worthington starred alongside Christian Bale in "Terminator Salvation," a continuation of the franchise Cameron started.
"I`ve told Sam that I think it`s … decent of him to go out and become a movie star since he finished `Avatar,"` Cameron said. "I thought that was … considerate. And Zoe, absolutely, with `Star Trek.` She was fabulous in the film."
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