The first footage from the upcoming manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel has been revealed. The movie is produced and written by James Cameron, and is set to hit theaters in July next year. A full trailer is expected tomorrow, but in the meantime we have this short teaser.
Not unexpectedly it gives very little away, but does provide a look at star Rosa Salazar’s robotic arms, plus Spectre star Christophe Waltz, who plays the cybersurgeon Dyson Ido. Check it out below:
Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Sin City‘s Robert Rodriguez. Cameron intended to direct the movie for many years, but last year handed over the reins to Rodriguez, who is also known for the likes of From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, and the Spy Kids movies. It hits theaters on July 20, 2018.
In 2015, Cameron told Variety: “Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do Battle Angel. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically.
“This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic.”
Battle Angel Alita is the futuristic story of an amnesiac cyborg who becomes a deadly bounty hunter. It was first published in 1990, and ran for nine volumes until 1995. In 1993, a two-episode anime version was produced, which adapted the first two volumes of the manga.