Uma Thurman is a name synonymous with extremities. Be it a Roman goddess of love wearing only her golden hair in place of clothes or a deadly murderess wielding a samurai sword, the actress always keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Uma Karuna Thurman was named after the Hindu goddess Parvati a.k.a Uma and the Sanskrit word for empathy “Karuna” by her dad who was an Indo-Tibetan Buddhist scholar. She started her acting career with the 1987 teen thriller ‘Kiss Daddy Goodnight.’ The young actress was open towards challenges and often played sexually charged characters. Her first breakthrough was the 1988 movie ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.’ In the same year, the 18-year-old actress took the box office by storm with her performance in ‘Dangerous Liaisons,’ a big-budget project starring John Malkovich and Glenn Close. Next year, Thurman played the lead role in ‘Henry and June’ the first film to get an NC-17 stamp.
During the early ’90s, the actress struggled with low-key characters and projects until she landed a career-defining role in ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), directed by Quentin Tarantino. She played the character of a deceptively glamorous female mobster. The movie went on to become a cult classic while Thurman received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The explosive success of ‘Pulp Fiction’ catapulted her into a number of back-to-back big budget, star-studded projects including ‘Gattaca’ (1997), ‘Batman and Robin’ (1997), ‘Les Miserables’ (1998). and ‘The Avengers’ (1998). After rubbing shoulders with high profile Hollywood actors, she returned to her roots of independent cinema with Woody Allen’s ‘Sweet and Lowdown’ (1999), Henry James’ ‘The Golden Bowl’ (2000) and ‘Chelsea Walls’ (2001) directed by Ethan Hawke.
Thurman reunited with Tarantino in 2003 for the two-part martial art epic ‘Kill Bill.’ The samurai sword-wielding assassin she played in the film completely stole the show. It is, in my opinion, one of the most memorable female acting performances of all time. Thurman’s other major works include the sci-fi thriller ‘Paycheck’ with Ben Affleck, ‘The Producers,’ ‘My Super Ex-Girlfriend,’ ‘The Accidental Husband,’ ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,’ and ‘Bel Ami.’ The 6ft tall actress became an icon of the new Hollywood that gender swaps every possible genre.
Thurman is one of the most sought after models who collaborated with cosmetics giant Lancôme. After all those years of lightning action sequences, splashing blood, and shock waves of emotional outbursts on screen, she still reigns as unpredictable as ever. At this point you must be wondering what is the next Uma Thurman movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Uma Thurman films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Uma Thurman movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
2. Tau Ceti Four (TBA)
‘Tau Ceti Four’ marks the return of veteran filmmaker John McTiernan after a hiatus of 16 long years. The movie is his first directorial venture since the 2003 action flick ‘Basic’ starring John Travolta. McTiernan has roped in Travis Fimmel (‘Vikings’ and ‘Raised By Wolves’) and Uma Thurman to play the lead roles in his second coming. Set in the fourth planet of the distant Tau Ceti solar system, the plot follows three mysterious outsiders who land on the war-torn planet. The men are on a mission to wipe out the corrupt oligarchs and ruthless warlords who wreak havoc all over the planet. McTiernan directs the movie from his own screenplay and is producing along with Gail Sistrunk, Anthony Katagas and Thurman. McTiernan’s previous credits include ‘Die Hard,’ ‘The Predator’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair.’ More details about the project have not been revealed yet.