Michelle Rodriguez has joined the cast of “Alita: Battle Angel,” the live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga series “Battle Angel Alita.” Though the film has finished shooting, Entertainment Weekly has only just revealed Rodriguez’s involvement.
Rodriguez will star in the film alongside talent like Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly and Eiza Gonzalez. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film was adapted by “Avatar” writer and director James Cameron. Cameron’s adaptation will draw inspiration from the original manga’s first four books, of which there are nine in total.
Michelle Rodriguez will play Gelda, "a slim cyborg warrior," in the film. “Alita: Battle Angel” takes place in the 26th century and recounts the story of an amnesiac female cyborg named Alita, who is rescued from a scrap heap by a scientist. Together, the two unravel their mysterious origins.
Kishiro’s “Battle Angel Alita” was originally published in 1990, running until 1995. The series was later adapted into two straight-to-video animated episodes titled “Battle Angel.” The manga series saw Alita go on to become a bounty hunter after discovering that she is versed in cyborg martial arts. Alita’s story continues in the later manga entries “Battle Angel Alita: Last Order” and “Gunnm: Mars Chronicles.”
Arriving in theaters on July 20, 2018, "Alita: Battle Angel" stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keean Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Lana Condor, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Connelly and Michelle Rodriguez.