EXCLUSIVE: Alita: Battle Angel Touches Down at Anime Expo
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The excitement will kick off on July 4 when Alita takes over the Manga Lounge. Visitors can sit down and peruse the original manga series or browse original props from the film on display. Outside the convention center, artist Cloe Hakakian will paint a manga-inspired mural of Alita. The mural is interactive thanks to AR technology and an array of costumes ready to wear to capture that perfect cyberpunk selfie.
A cosplay meet-up centered on the world of Alita will take place at Anime Expo on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the LACC north entrance near Chick Hearn Court. The cosplay celebration will continue with a scheduled meet-and-greet with three popular cosplayers. Twentieth Century Fox is still working out the details and plan to announce the participating cosplayers soon.
Alita: Battle Angel— James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga — earned over US$400 million worldwide after opening in early February in the U.K. and in several countries in Asia before its U.S. debut on February 14. The film then opened in Japan on February 22 and ranked at #2 at the box office there.
The movie stars Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Man Seeking Woman) in motion capture as Alita. Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) directed the film. James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau produced the project, and Shutter Island's Laeta Kalogridis penned a script.
Twentieth Century Fox will release the film on digital platforms and Blu-ray on July 9 and DVD on July 23. The home video release includes hours of special features that delve further into the story's world. A series of "dynamic motion comics" are included in the release that lets audience take a tour of Iron City with Hugo (Christoph Waltz), relive the the war that set the stage for the action, hear Zapan's (Ed Skrein) thoughts on being a cyborg, and of course, Motor Ball.
Source: Press release