Avatar made Zoe Saldana a superstar—this everyone knows. What wasn’t clear was which direction her career would take afterward. Now comes the news that she’s in talks to star in Columbiana, a project by Luc Besson (Transporter 3, Taken, The Professional). Zoe would play the titular character, a hired assassin who watched her parents’ murder as a child in Colombia (like you, we’re hoping the filmmakers figure out that it should be Colombiana—with an "o") and hunts her their killers.
So, does this mean that Zoe is officially vying to become the first Latina action star—and the next Angelina Jolie? We think so. Megan Fox may try hard to look and act like Angelina Jolie, but we did our homework. Here’s our case for why Zoe’s the real inheritor of Angelina’s blood-soaked, action-babe crown:
1) She’s got the body and the tough beauty.
Big eyes, strong jaw, a rail-thin body that bends and flexes like a Gumby. You can say that about both Angelina and Zoe. Megan Fox may have the copycat tattoos while Zoe has none, but we say she’s the real doppleganger in looks and spirit. Onscreen, both Angelina and Zoe exude a grown-up confident sexiness that doesn’t have to rely on a barely there mini skirts or cropped tops.
2) She does her own stunts.
Angelina, who has done many of her own stunts since Lara Croft: Tomb Raider dangled a dozen feet in the air and jumped from moving cars while filming the upcoming Salt—and that was just a few weeks after giving birth to twins! Zoe learned archery and martial arts for Avatar’s fight scenes and myriad other action scenes—everything you saw her CGI character doing onscreen short of actually flying, she did in the studio. She then showed what she can do (sans CGI) in The Losers: namely, fighting a dude and getting thrown across across rooms.
3) She can handle a weapon—or three.
The Losers featured Zoe pointing not one, but two guns, diving to the floor in her underwear and looking confident and in-control while firing a bazooka from a rooftop or drop-kicking some big, bad mofos. Reminded us of Angelina’s fetish-wearing, knife-throwing merciless suburbanite spy in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
4) She’s fearless offscreen, too.
Both Angelina and Zoe are known for their sharp tongues and gutsy quotes—especially when it comes to talking about sex.
Angelina: “I need more sex, OK? Before I die I wanna taste everyone in the world.”
Zoe: “Love it, love it, love it—can’t live without it! I love sex. I love skin. I don’t believe the body is something to hide.”