[Source: Syfy] James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez are hoping to turn the tide in the field of live-action anime. The full trailer and synopsis for their adaptation of the classic manga Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro was released today, bearing the title Alita: Battle Angel.
The film is being directed by Rodriguez (Sin City, Grindhouse), who also wrote the screenplay alongside Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis (Terminator Genisys, Shutter Island). In partnership with longtime collaborator Jon Landau, Cameron will also produce this "action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment," as described in 20th Century Fox's synopsis.
The cast is impressive, beginning with Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner) in the title role. Starring alongside her will be three Oscar winners — Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali — along with Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Keean Johnson (TV's Nashville).
Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita's true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death