Zoe Saldana wanted for new Marvel superhero movie ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

The 'Star Trek' actress would join a cast that includes Chris Pratt from 'Parks And Recreation'

Zoe Saldana is being lined up to star in new Marvel superhero movie Guardians Of The Galaxy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saldana is “in negotiations” to play a character called Gamora, known for her distinctive green skin and superhuman strength and agility. She would join a cast that already includes Chris Pratt from Parks And Recreation and martial arts star-turned-actor Dave Batista.

Guardians Of The Galaxy will feature a team of superheroes – including the memorably-named Rocket Raccoon – who appear in a 2008 comic book series of the same name. Marvel is hoping the film will kickstart another big screen franchise like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America.

The film will be directed by James Gunn (pictured right), whose previous credits include Super, the 2010 superhero comedy starring Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson. Shooting is due to begin in June and Marvel has set a release date of August 1, 2014.

In the meantime, Saldana will reprise her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens on May 9. The actress is also known for playing Neytiri in Avatar and is expected to return for James Cameron‘s pair of sequels, which he is currently writing.