From 20th Century Fox, director Robert Rodriguez, producer James Cameron and based on the manga series Gunnm By Yukito Kishiro, comes Alita: Battle Angel. Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson, the film hits theaters July 20, 2018.
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.
Wow. This one came out of nowhere for me. I forgot that Robert Rodriguez was even directing Alita: Battle Angel until today when that amazing trailer dropped and then I was even more shocked to see James Cameron’s name on this sucker. It looks beautiful — Rose Salazar looks so good (even with them big creepy eyes) and Chrisoph freaking Waltz is in this thing. Fingers crossed it kicks ass and maybe it’ll break the curse of new and lesser known sci-fri properties from bombing at the box office like so many did this year, including Ghost in The Shell, Valerian and Blade Runner 2049.