Earlier today, entertainment news source Variety reported that Fox delayed the release date for Alita: Battle Angel. The film was pushed back to December 21, from a previously-planned July 20 launch.
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.
The confirmed cast includes:
- Alita: Rosa Salazar
- Lead Male (Unnamed): Keean Johnson
- Doctor Dyson Ito: Christoph Waltz
- Zapan: Ed Skrein
- Vector: Mahershala Ali
- Unnamed Female: Eiza González
- Unnamed Male: Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
- Koyomi: Lana Condor
- Ajakutty: Marko Zaror
- Gelda: Michelle Rodriguez
In addition, Jackie Earl Haley will play “a monstrous cyborg in a villain role that will call for plenty of CG and greenscreen.” Jennifer Connelly will also play an unnamed villain character.
Film news site Collider describes the movie 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.