Even though she may have starred in three of the top ten box-office films of all time, it’s nice to see Zoe Saldana take on a role that won’t require her to play an alien now and again. Thankfully, news has washed up on shore this week that she’ll be doing just that by taking the part of a swashbuckling heroine in her next pirate-based picture, The Bluff.
As is the norm with just about everyone in Hollywood lately, the film will be dropping anchor at Netflix and by Frank E. Flowers. Unlike her previous parle with pirates (she starred in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie if you recall), The Bluff is going to be a far more blood-soaked adventure. Set in the 1800s, Zoe Saldana plays Ercell, a woman with a shady past that comes back to haunt her when a band of scurvy seadogs rock up and start trouble. Naturally, buckles get swashed, pistols take lengthy periods to reload, and Ercell’s enemies quickly realise how much trouble they arrrr in.
Deadline who broke the news confirmed that the aim is to go for Black Flag levels of ‘visceral action’ and be historically accurate. Currently, there are no additional cast names involved, but the horizon is being scanned for another female to join Zoe Saldana in her mission, and an antagonistic pirate too cause our hero some bother.
Regarding other big names attached to The Bluff, the film is being produced by the Russo Brothers of Avengers Endgame fame under their company, AGBO. Flowers will be co-writing the script with Joe Ballarini and is busy with some other gigs. Not only is he penning a LeBron James biopic, but he’s also working with Terence Winter on bringing Bob Marley’s life to the big screen as well. No pressure there, then?