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Zoe Salanda rolls in green in first 'Guardians of the Galaxy' photo

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Judging by the first official photo for the film, it appears they're going with makeup for Zoe Saldana's Gamora in the upcoming film adaptation of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy."

When I talked with Saldana last summer for "Star Trek Into Darkness," the screen beauty wasn't completely sure she'd be donning makeup for the role or whether computer animation would be involved for the green-skinned alien assassin.

“We’re still in the beginnings of it all, so I’m as curious as you are as to know what kind of twists they’re going to take with it,” Saldana told me in May.

In addition to Gamora, the "Guardians" photo also features Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (voice of Vin Diesel).

Following "Avatar" and the "Star Trek" films, "Galaxy" once again finds Saldana in a space role, which she said is a happy coincidence.

“I do seem to have an affinity to stories that take place in space,” Saldana told me, laughing. “It’s not that I purposefully look for those kinds of films and avoid other things, I just grew up with a mom who loved science fiction. I also read books like ‘Dune’ and ‘The Neverending Story,’ and watching films like ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Terminator.’ Because of that, I think I gravitate towards sci-fi unconsciously.”

"Guardians of the Galaxy" opens in theaters nationwide Aug. 1.

Tim Lammers is the syndicated movie journalist and author of the new ebook "Direct Conversations: The Animated Films of Tim Burton (Foreword by Tim Burton)."

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