Alita: Battle Angel Adds Spiderman: Homecoming Actor

A few months after nabbing a role in next summer’s “Spiderman: Homecoming,” relative newcomer Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. is joining another comics adaptation with “Alita: Battle Angel.”

Lendeborg will join a cast that includes Rosa Salazar (“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and “Insurgent”), Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Bastards”), Ed Skrein (“Deadpool”), Mahershala Ali (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Keean Johnson (“Nashville”).

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the Robert Rodriguez-directed film stars Salazar as a cyborg who, ditched by her scientist and left without a memory of her past, uses her exceptional martial arts abilities to track down criminals as a bounty hunter. The manga was created in 1990 by Yukito Kishiro, and spanned nine volumes.

Lendeborg will play a friend of Keean Johnson’s Hugo, the main love interest for Salazar’s Alita who teaches her how to play the gladiator-style Motorball game, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ali plays Vector, one of the villains who runs the games; Skrein plays the evil cyborg Zapan, while Waltz will portray Salazar’s mentor, Dr. Dyson Ido. The cast also includes "Watchmen's" Jackie Earl Haley and "From Dusk Till Dawn's" Eiza González.

Lendeborg most recently stared in the indie film “The Land,” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

James Cameron is producing the film with his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau. It is scheduled to hit theaters July 20, 2018.

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