Thursday 23 January 2020

Zoe Saldana's baby bump won't affect filming of Avatar, says Cameron

Zoe Saldana sighting on July 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
Zoe Saldana sighting on July 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)

Jennifer McShane

When pictures emerged last week of gorgeous actress Zoe Saldana and her growing baby bump, it seemed only natural to wonder if her pregnancy would affect her very busy timetable, most notably filming of the Avatar sequels, in which she plays the lead female role.

Production on the highly anticipated sequel to what is the highest grossing film of all time, is set to begin early next year, and Saldana will reprise her role as alien warrior Neytiri in all three sequels.

However, Avatar fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief as director James Cameron has said that Saldana’s pregnancy won’t alter the film's shooting schedule.

“The beauty of doing the performance capture is that she can be as big as a house and it doesn't really matter," Cameron said while promoting his new documentary ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’.

He told the New York Daily News: “She might have some physical limitations running around through the jungle, but we can get around all that stuff, because we're not photographing her, we're 'capturing' her,” the director said.

Cameron added that due to the intricate process of pre-production on all three films (which are set to be filmed together over a period of 8 or 9 months), the 36-year-old actress might well become a mother before filming even starts.

“The way the writing and preproduction is working out, we probably won't start until first quarter of next year anyway," said Cameron.

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