Michelle Rodriguez Alita Battle Angel

Filming just wrapped on director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter James Cameron‘s Alita: Battle Angel, but another cast member has just been announced. Michelle Rodriguez, who’s worked with both Rodriguez and Cameron, is a part of the adaptation of Yukito Kishiro‘s Japanese manga. The news comes only a few short weeks after we learned Jennifer Connelly has a role in the 3D sci-fi action movie.

Below, learn more about the Michelle Rodriguez Battle Angel casting news.

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jennifer connelly alita battle angel

Alita: Battle Angel has one of the most unique pedigrees of any major motion picture on the horizon: this is an adaptation of a Japanese manga developed by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. That’s a recipe for something very interesting and I’m curious to see what that combination of names will deliver, especially since they’re filming the whole thing far from Hollywood, in Rodriguez’s home turf of Austin, Texas.

Now, late in production, another name has been added to the cast: Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly.

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mahershala ali alita Battle angel

If you spent all weekend binging Luke Cage, as we did, you probably came away marveling at Mahershala Ali. While he’s been doing fine work for years, 2016 seems destined to go down as the year he really broke out, between his Marvel villain turn and his highly praised performances in films like Moonlight. And his winning streak doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon.

Ali is in negotiations to join Alita: Battle AngelRobert Rodriguez‘s adaptation of the popular manga. Rosa Salazar stars as the title character and Christoph Waltz and Jackie Earle Haley are also among the cast. James Cameron is producing. Read More »

IMAX

IMAX has announced they will be expanding their partnership with Twentieth Century Fox to include four key tentpole films: Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Predator, Alita: Battle Angel and the Fox’s untitled Marvel film. Hit the jump for the details.

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Jackie Earle Haley as Odin Quincannon in Preacher

If Jackie Earle Haley has some kind of geek property bingo card, he’s surely won several times over by now. The star of Watchmen, AMC’s Preacher, Amazon’s The Tick pilot, and the upcoming The Dark Tower, has now signed on for Alita: Battle Angel, the sci-fi manga adaptation being directed by Robert Rodriguez for producer James Cameron. He joins Rosa Salazar and Christoph WaltzRead More »

Christoph Waltz Alita Battle Angel

After several years of on-again, off-again development, Alita: Battle Angel got a much-needed shot in the arm last year when Robert Rodriguez signed on to direct. Not long after, Rosa Salazar was cast in the lead role. And now the film may have its second star. Christoph Waltz is reportedly circling the James Cameron-produced adaptation of the popular manga series. And in a shocking twist, he might actually get to play a good guy for once.  Read More »

battle angel alita rosa salazar

Movie fans with long memories may recall that Alita: Battle Angel was once known as Battle Angel Alita and that it was supposed to be James Cameron‘s next film after Avatar. Then Cameron decided to make Avatar movies until the day he dies and the Hollywood adaptation of the popular manga was handed over to director Robert Rodriguez last year. Now, after years of existing primarily as the second-to-last question in James Cameron interviews, this project is finally starting to take shape. If the latest report is to be believed, we’ll see Rosa Salazar in Alita Battle Angel. Read More »

alita battle angel casting

James Cameron has been talking about a film adaptation of the manga Battle Angel Alita for a long, long time, with the science fiction action film at one point competing with Avatar to be his next project. Alas, Avatar got made first and Mr. Cameron decided to spend the rest of his life exploring every last nook and cranny on Pandora, which freed up the project for another filmmaker. Enter Robert Rodriguez, who signed on to make the film last year, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.

Now that a less-preoccupied director is at the helm, Alita: Battle Angel (the new title for the film) actually looks like it could cease being a thing that Cameron occasionally mentions in-between Avatar updates and start being a thing that actually exists. They’re looking at lead actresses and everything!

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Alita Battle Angel

For several years now, James Cameron has been planning to make a live-action adaptation of Battle Angel Alita. But he’s been tied up with the Avatar sequels, and has even suggested he might only direct Avatar movies from now on. So where does that leave Battle Angel Alita?

Well, as of today, in the capable hands of director Robert Rodriguez. The Machete director is confirmed to helm the manga adaptation, now going by the slightly different title Alita: Battle Angel. Cameron remains on board as a producer, along with Jon Landau. Read all about the Alita Battle Angel Robert Rodriguez news after the jump.  Read More »

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