Saturday, 19 November 2016

Lana Condor joins Alita: Battle Angel

Since a chunk of her screen time as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse hit the cutting room floor, Lana Condor will no doubt be hoping for more of a chance to shine in Alita: Battle Angel. News arrives via Variety that has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez (Sin City: A Dame To Kill) and James Cameron's (Avatar) science fiction manga adaptation.

A passion project of Cameron's for years now, it has finally starring to shoot with Rodriguez in the director's chair. Cameron is producing, and wrote the script alongside regular collaborator Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island). The story adapts Yukito Kishiro's nine-volume manga (known as Gun/Dream in Japan), and follows an amnesiac female cyborg in the 26th century 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.

Condor will play Koyomi in the film, a young orphaned teen who, in the manga at least, has connections to several characters. She joins a cast that also includes ackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series).

Alita: Battle Angel is set for a 20 July 2018 release, but before that, Condor will be seen in Patriots Day, due out here on 27 January.

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