Washington, Sept 18: Zoe Saldana has signed on to star in the new ‘Star Trek’ movie to be helmed by JJ Abrams.
Saldana will be playing Uhura, the communications officer on the USS Enterprise.
In original TV series, Uhura - which means freedom in Swahili - rose to the rank of commander. The character was played by Nichelle Nichols in the series.
Saldana is currently filming James Cameron's sci-fi tentpole "Avatar."
Abrams is also producing "Star Trek" through his Paramount-based Bad Robot shingle.