Latin Heat: Saldana and Taylor-Joy In David O. Russell’s All-Star Film

Saldana and Taylor-Joy In David O. Russell’s All-Star Film


By Justina Bonilla

Actresses Zoe Saldana and Anya Taylor-Joy are part of the illustrious list of actors who have signed on to Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell’s (American Hustle) new “untitled film” currently filming in Los Angeles. 

Zoe Saldana in Cannes
(Photo: Creative Commons)

The incredible list of actors attached to this project, is a literal who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights, a comedic legend, and some of Hollywood’s hottest talents.  The list includes:  Academy award-winning actor Robert De Niro and the versatile Christian Bale.  They join two comedic legends and Saturday Night Live alumni Chris Rock and Mike Meyers. Academy Award winner Rami MalekMargot Robbie, and John David Washington were some of the first actors cast last year.

Saldana is best known for her roles in multiple major Hollywood action and sci-fi film franchises. Her first major franchise role was as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. In 2009, Saldana starred in two of the biggest contemporary franchises to date, first in the reboot of Star Trek as Uhura and second and most notably as Neytiri in Avatar.  Saldana is set to reprise her role of Neytiri in four more of the upcoming Avatar sequels, two of which have already been filmed with two more in production.

Taylor-Joy, the Argentine-British actress, gained acting notoriety in the chilling horror film The Witch as the lead Thomasin. She was a regular in the Netflix TV series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the BBC’s Atlantis, and HBO Max’s Peaky Blinders. However it was her magnetic performance in the lead role as Beth Harmon in the Netflix wildly popular limited series The Queen’s Gambit that has put her acting career in full throttle.

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki
(Photo: Kimberley French 20th Century FOX)

Russell has also brought on board one of the most notable cinematographers in the business, Mexican born Emmanuel Lubezki, who has gained international notoriety for his breathtaking visuals. Among Lubezki’s highest awards are three Oscars and three BAFTA awards, won three years in a row, for GravityBirdman, and The Revenant.  

It takes a three-time, Oscar nominated director with Russell’s track record of films like American HustleSilver Lining Playbook, and Three Kings to pull together such a noted cast for one film.  

Not much has been revealed about the storyline of this film, other than it is a comedy written by Russell, based on an original idea of his.

Featured Photo: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons


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