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Christoph Waltz in Talks to Star in James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel

posted on 2016-08-24 20:35 EDT
Inglourious Basterds actor would play character Dyson Ido in James Cameron-produced project

Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that actor Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, Spectre, The Legend of Tarzan) "is in early negotiations" to star in James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel, the planned live-action film of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. If Waltz signs a deal, he would play the character Doctor Dyson Ido, which The Hollywood Reporter describes as "the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg [protagonist] and becomes her mentor." A character named Daisuke Ido played a similar prominent role in the original manga.

Film news websites Collider and The Hollywood Reporter stated in May that the film has cast Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Man Seeking Woman) in the lead role.

Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Spy Kids) is set to direct the film. James Cameron and Jon Landau are producing the project, and Shutter Island's Laeta Kalogridis penned a script. Fox has scheduled the film for a wide release on July 20, 2018.

The Hollywood Reporter described the film:

Alita: Battle Angel tells of a female cyborg that is discovered in a trash yard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.

The action-adventure story is meant to serve as a backdrop to themes of self-discovery and the search for love.

Cameron reaffirmed in 2014 that he will not work on Battle Angel Alita until he has finished directing the sequels to his Avatar film, which are currently set to open in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023, respectively.

Kishiro's manga ran in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine from 1990 to 1995, followed by the 1995-1996 prequel Ashen Victor and the single-volume GUNNM: Other Stories. The story continued in 2001 with the partial retelling Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, which moved to Kodansha's Evening magazine as the result of an issue between Kishiro and Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine. The newest manga, Gunnm: Kasei Senki (Battle Angel Alita: The Martian War Chronicles), launched in Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2014.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter (Borys Kit)


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