Crunchyroll Expo to Host Live-Action Alita: Battle Angel Film's Staff, Cast
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Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will host the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film's director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau, and lead actress Rosa Salazar. The three staff and cast members of the live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga will hold an exclusive panel detailing how the film came into being.
Film director Rodriguez also directed the Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and Sin City movies. He is the founder and chairman of El Rey Network, a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network.
Film producer Landau also produced the Avatar and Titanic movies. He has won an Academy Award and two Golden Globe awards for his work.
Actress Salazar is playing Alita in the new live-action Alita: Battle Angel film. She also plays Brenda in the Maze Runner movies and Lynn in The Divergent Series: Insurgent movie.
Fox will release the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film in North America on December 21.
Crunchyroll Expo launched last year. This year's event will be held at the San Jose Convention Center in California from September 1-3. The convention will also host anime writer Makoto Uezu (Scum's Wish, Boruto, Konosuba, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero), The Legend of Zelda manga author duo Akira Himekawa, No Game, No Life anime director Atsuko Ishizuka, voice actress Yuko Ōno, sound director and producer Ryousuke Naya, Bananya creator Nagano Akiyo, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, voice actor Ryo Horikawa, ANiUTa CEO Shiro Sasaki, musician Teddyloid, producer Junichiro Tamura, and composer Kevin Penkin. In addition, the event will host Darling in the FRANXX producer Yūichi Fukushima, director Atsushi Nishigori, and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka.
The event will host the worldwide English dub premiere of the first episode of the The Rising of The Shield Hero anime as well as a premiere screening of the first two episodes of Double Decker! Doug & Kirill. The event will also screen the premiere of the first episode of RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time with character designer Yoshitoshi Abe and producer Rie Ogura in attendance. Crunchyroll Expo is collaborating with GKIDS to screen 15 animated features at the festival, including Mary and The Witch's Flower, Fireworks, Lu over the wall, Napping Princess, Patema Inverted, and several Studio Ghibli films.