We know how well James Cameron can handle cyborg movies with a certain Terminator 2, as for Robert Rodriguez it’s a different kettle of fish. After years of ups and downs Cameron’s passion project, Alita: Battle Angel will become reality.
Today 20th Century Fox Pictures unearthed that first step by releasing the first trailer.Starring Rosa Salazar, as Alita, a cyborg with a forgotten past, found and brought back to life by cyber-doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz). Based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, A new type of hero is born…
This is ten years in the making for Cameron and was also was going to be shot entirely in digital like Avatar. You have to have the patience of saints as well as a lot of belief in the project and we have a Live Action/CGI Hybrid. Alita herself seems to be fully CGI, and those eyes certainly stand out as doe our cyborg limbs like her arms. It feels very authentic, close to its cyberpunk roots but like Ghost In The Shell what reaction will Alita: Battle Angel get another Hollywood Manga adaptation?
Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love, and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.
Alita: Battle Angel also stars Keean Johnson, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Eiza González, Casper Van Dien and Jackie Earle Haley.
The movie will arrive in the UK, Irish and U.S cinemas from 20th July 2018.