Now that producer James Cameron (Avatar) and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) have found their leading lady for what is now know as Alita: Battle Angel in Rosa Salazar (Insurgent), they have begun to lock in the cast around her. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) is currently in talks to play Doctor Dyson Ido.
Battle Angel, as it was called before is based on Yukito Kishiro's nine-volume manga (known as Gun/Dream in Japan), the story of an amnesiac female cyborg who becomes a bounty hunter, after being rescued from the rubbish dump and rebuilt by a professor of cybernetics. As his name might suggest, Waltz's character – should he actually join the film – will be that professor, who becomes something of a mentor to Alita.
This one has been in the works for years, with Cameron originally looking to direct, but waiting until effects technology caught up with his ideas. With Rodriguez now taking over the job, Cameron is hoping to have the cameras rolling in the autumn for a planned July 2018 release.
Waltz will be seen in Alexander Payne's (The Descendants) Downsizing, arriving on 25 December next year in the US, but with no confirmed release date here yet. He has also worked on the delayed Tulip Fever, which similarly has no scheduled UK arrival on the books.