As Robert Rodriguez (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) gears up to finally realise James Cameron's (Avatar) long planned vision of adapting manga Battle Angel Alita for the big screen as Alita: Battle Angel, he has added a new actor the cast. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Ed Skrein (Deadpool) is the latest recruit for the planned science fiction epic.
Alita: Battle Angel 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. Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner) is on board to play Alita, while Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will be the professor.
Skrein is getting back into bad guy mode for the movie, playing a dangerous cyborg named Zapan, who wields a powerful weapon called the Damascus blade. And he is not the only threat, as Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) will also be a villain in the film.
Rodriguez should be starting to roll the cameras this month in Austin.