The cameras have been cranking on Robert Rodriguez' (Sin City) manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel for a while now, and yet still the casting announcements come. News now arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond) has joined the film.
With Rodriguez directing and James Cameron (Avatar) producing – after years developing the project, he has chosen to focus on more Avatar movies – the film adapts Yukito Kishiro's original manga. Battle Angel Alita, as it was called in print and anime form, is the story of an amnesiac female cyborg in the 26th century who becomes a bounty hunter, after being rescued from the rubbish dump and rebuilt by a professor of cybernetics. Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner) is playing Alita, while Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will be the professor.
They will be facing the villainy of Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). As for Connelly, there is nothing official regarding her character yet, but she likely won't be aiding our heroes.
Alita: Battle Angel will be out on 20 July 2018. Before that, Connelly has true firefighting tale Granite Mountain, out in UK cinemas on 22 September.