Producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez have narrowed the search for their “Battle Angel” lead to three female stars: Disney Channel star Zendaya, “It Follows'” Maika Monroe and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” star Rosa Salazar.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three actresses screen tested for the lead role, but Zendaya is currently the frontrunner. A final decision will be made over the next few weeks. The report claims Cameron is looking to “create a star-making vehicle” much like his 2000 television series “Dark Angel.”
Retitled “Alita: Battle Angel,” the live-action project is based on the popular cyberpunk manga by Yukito Kishiro about a female cyborg discovered in a garbage heap by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life, except for her deadly martial-arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.
Cameron has attempted to get the adaptation off the ground for more than 15 years, saying in 2012 that he hoped to turn to the project once he completes the sequels to “Avatar.” Rodriguez joined the project as director last October.
Originally published from 1990 to 1995, “Battle Angel Alita” has inspired an original video animation and a video game.
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