Robert Rodriguez brings this manga series to the big screen with a screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island).
The film is based on Yukito Kishiro‘s 90’s manga series, Battle Angel Alita, which focuses on a cyborg who has forgotten everything about her past except her bounty hunter skills. The original Alita manga consisted of 9 volumes during its original run from 1990-1995. Kishiro continued the series in 2014 with Battle Angel Alita: Last Order and Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle, which is currently still running.
Rodriguez (Sin City) directs this big-screen adaptation with Cameron and Kalogridis’ script. Rosa Salazar (The Divergent Series, Maze Runner) portrays the titular character using a motion capture suit. Joining her is Christoph Waltz as Dr. Dyson Ido, the kind-hearted doctor who finds Alita in a junkyard and takes care of her. Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Keean Johnson (Nashville, The Fosters) and Jennifer Connelly also star.
Set in the 26th century, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. Within the context of an epic action-adventure, the film will explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.
Alita: Battle Angel is slated to hit theaters on December 21, 2018.