As movie fans, we have all been privileged to experience numerous exhilarating action movies with a badass male lead who brushes off bullets like nothing while running through scores of increasingly replaceable gangsters and other miscreants. The adrenaline pumping action and ceaseless tension make for cathartic viewing fun.
Unfortunately, women have yet to see as much representation in this genre as one would hope, which is exactly why 2011’s French action thriller ‘Colombiana’ starring Zoe Saldana has stuck around so much in the minds of fans, despite the movie’s admitted faults. Although a sequel was confirmed a while ago, we haven’t heard much since leading to the question – Will there be a ‘Colombiana 2’? What could it be about? Read on to find out everything we know.
Colombiana Series Retrospective
A classic revenge story at its heart, 2011’s ‘Colombiana’ follows the story of Cataleya Restrepo, a ruthless assassin out for revenge against ex Colombian drug lord Don Luis Sandoval, who was responsible for the murders of her father Fabio and mother Alicia when she was a 10-year-old growing up in Colombia. Cataleya had managed to escape to the USA by using a memory card containing sensitive information about Don Luis’ businesses as leverage. Upon reaching Chicago, Cataleya gets in contact with her uncle Emilio Restrepo, who trains her as an assassin.
Fifteen years later and Cataleya is all grown up now, working as a full-time assassin. She leaves behind a rare Cattleya flower on the scene of every assassin contract she completes as a message for Don Luis. However, her brazen behavior sets FBI Agent James Ross hot on her tail.
After repeatedly failing to nab her in the act, the FBI reveal her calling card to the public in the hopes of alerting any potential targets. This tips off Don Raul, who sets his henchman Marco to find and eliminate Cataleya and her friends and family. Marco and his thugs kill Emilio as well as Cataleya’s grandfather Pepe and grandmother Mama.
Enraged, Cataleya seeks out Don Luis’ aggressively, even going so far as to threaten FBI Agent James Ross and CIA Agent Steve Richard. Eventually, she does find him, massacres all his henchman, dispatches Marco in hand to hand combat and sics her ravenous dogs to tear Don Luis apart. The film ends with Cataleya bidding goodbye to her lover Danny Delaney over the phone and boarding a bus to an unknown location.
‘Colombiana’ was received rather poorly by critics and audiences alike, but lead actress Zoe Saldana drew plentiful praise for her portrayal of Cataleya and her action sequences.
Colombiana 2 Plot: What Can it Be About?
The plot line of ‘Colombiana’ certainly lends itself very well to a sequel, and ‘Colombiana 2’ could iron out several of the deficiencies plaguing the first movie. While we don’t have any concrete plot details yet, I could see the franchise head in the way of other popular action movies such as the ‘John Wick’ series starring Keanu Reeves and the ‘Taken’ series with Liam Neeson.
The highlight of the first movie was Zoe Saldana and her action stunt choreography, with the story being dismissed as unoriginal, erratic and sloppy. ‘Colombiana 2’ could see Cataleya fully embrace her skills as a professional assassin and pit her skills against another crime boss hell-bent on killing her. Of course, since the police are made aware of her true identity in the last movie, expect the fuzz to be hot on her tail for the entire movie, very likely led by FBI Agent James Ross who has a personal ax to grind against Cataleya. It would be very interesting to see how she handles the dual edged sword of the police chasing after her as well as the criminals who are out for her blood.
It will also be interesting to see what role Cataleya’s lover Danny Delaney will play in ‘Colombiana 2’ if any at all. It was pretty clear that the two care meaningfully for each other, and Danny could return as an ally in the second movie. Another possibility is that Danny is targeted by criminals for his affiliation to Cataleya, who must now dust off her killing implements once again to save her love.
Colombiana 2 Cast and Crew: Who Can Be Behind it?
‘Colombiana’ is directed by French writer and director Olivier Megaton. Megaton is a seasoned auteur of the action movie genre, having previously directed blockbuster action movies such as ‘Transporter 3’, ‘Taken 2’ and ‘Taken 3’. His newest project is the crime thriller ‘The Last Days of American Crime’ starring Edgar Ramirez and Anna Brewster. Megaton will most likely return as director for ‘Colombiana 2’, but there is also the possibility of ‘Colombiana’ co-writer Luc Besson helming the new project.
Zoe Saldana will reprise her role as ruthless assassin Cataleya. Saldana is best known for her role as Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies including ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’. She is currently committed to ‘Avatar 2’ and ‘Avatar 3’ with James Cameron. Another actor we may see returning is Michael Vartan, provided his character Danny Delaney manages to make the cut in the final script for ‘Colombiana 2’.
Colombiana 2 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?
Production company EuropaCorp first confirmed ‘Colombiana 2’ as early as 2015. However, Zoe Saldana revealed a couple of years later that she would be agreeable to reprising the role of Cataleya, which suggests that the project hadn’t entered pre-production at that point in time. For now, it looks like there is still some time to go before we watch Cataleya kick ass on screen once again. My optimistic prediction for ‘Colombiana 2’ release date would be late 2021.
While we wait for more news about ‘Colombiana 2’, you can watch the trailer for ‘Colombiana’ right here:
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