Alita’s ready to head out to the Scrapyard, Panzer Kunst in hand.

Earlier today, entertainment site Collider reported that Rosa Salazar will star in James Cameron’s live-action Battle Angel Alita (GUNM) film. As of press time, the movie hasn’t been greenlit due to budgetary concerns. 20th Century Fox, who is producing the film, is hoping to bring the budget down from an estimated $175 – $200 million.

Last month, we reported that the search for a lead was narrowed down to three candidates. The list included Salazar, as well as Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Battle Angel Alita Volume 2 Cover - 20151014Collider describes Battle Angel Alita as:

Based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, Battle Angel takes place in the 26th century and tells the story of an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor, rebuilt with no memory of her previous life excepting her kickass martial arts skills, and becomes a bounty hunter tracking down vicious criminals. Salazar has a pretty impressive resume for an up-and-coming actress, especially for only having been on the scene for the last five years, and after a notable turns in Insurgent, The Scorch Trials, and the wonderful FX comedy Man Seeking Woman she’s become a name to watch. Now, she’s landed what could be her breakout role.

Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Sin City) was hand-picked by Cameron to direct the project, which features both James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau as producers. According to Collider, Rodriguez is working from Cameron’s original script, though he’s likely to “punch it up with his own style.” Cameron commented on the collaboration:

Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do Battle Angel,” stated Cameron. “He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic.

Source: Collider