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Hollywood is always looking for its next "It" factor actor and actress. The past years have made the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt such icons. Lawrence has been taking on Katniss Everdeen of the extremely popular Hunger Games films alongside the blue-skinned mutant Mystique of the X-Men series. Meanwhile, Pratt has taken the past year by storm with Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World dominating the worldwide box office. However, fame is a fleeting commodity, and the next big thing is always around the corner. So who's next in line for the throne?

It's no secret that actress Zoe Saldana has been on the rise since her performance in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, but within recent years, the actress has moved on to more grandiose female-empowered roles in some of the biggest extraterrestrial films of our time. No matter her race or species, this New Jersey native will be dominating the 2016 and 2017 silver screen with three of geek culture's biggest roles and movies, starting with her role as Uhura in Star Trek Beyond next summer, scoring big with the ever-growing Trekkie fandom.

As if catching the eyes of one mass geek fandom wasn't enough, Saldana will continue on in 2017 to reprise her sci-fi roles as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Neytiri in the sequel to science fiction's crowning jewel and highest grossing box office film in history: James Cameron's Avatar 2. Once again ensnaring the hearts of Marvel fans with Guardians, and potentially racking up another top 10 box office blockbuster with Avatar 2, Zoe Saldana has her work cut out for her opportunity to be the biggest name in Hollywood. If I had to place my money on Hollywood's Next "It" Girl, Saldana would have my confident vote.

Why has this talent gravitated herself to such films? The actress, whose net worth totals up to over $14 million USD according to Forbes, accredits the genre's depiction of strong women for her involvement in such projects:

“I like being in space because there are better parts for women in space. I don’t have to subject myself to just being the love interest or playing a character that doesn’t feel relevant to the story or playing a woman that doesn’t feel like an actual depiction of a real woman. When I read films in space and I’m working with these kinds of filmmakers there’s a neutral sense to the way they develop characters. It makes me feel very significant, very relevant and very excited.."

With no other runner-ups, Zoe Saldana wins both the title as queen of the sci-fi genre, as well as the eyes and hearts of movie-goers worldwide. Expect great things from this female powerhouse in the near cinematic future.


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