Saldana on 'Trek' with Abrams, Par


J.J. Abrams is slowly bringing his crew together for Paramount Pictures' 11th film in the "Star Trek" movie series. Zoe Saldana is in final negotiations to play Uhura, who is the chief communications officer on the USS Enterprise.

Plot details are begin kept under wraps, but it is understood that the movie chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew. Saldana will join Anton Yelchin as a young Chekov, the Russian-born navigator, as well as Zachary Quinto as a young Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role of Spock, is on board as well.

On the original TV series and in the movies, Uhura was played by Nichelle Nichols.

Abrams is directing and producing the tentpole through his Paramount-based Bad Robot shingle. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci penned the screenplay and will executive produce along with Bryan Burk and Damon Lindelof. The film is scheduled to bow on Christmas Day 2008.

Saldana is one of the stars of James Cameron's sci-fi epic "Avatar," which is currently filming. She will next be seen in "Vantage Point" with Matthew Fox, Dennis Quaid and Forest Whitaker.

She is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.