Manga series comes to life in 'Alita: Battle Angel'

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  • Sunday, 19 Aug 2018

'Alita: Battle Angel' is scheduled to open at cinemas nationwide on Dec 20. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Director Robert Rodriguez tackles a story based on the manga series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro in the live-action film Alita: Battle Angel.

Set in the future when robotic technology is thriving, a cyber-doctor (Christoph Waltz) discovers an unconscious cyborg in a scrap yard. He fixes her up, and names her Alita. She, however, has no recollection of who she is and how she ended up as trash.

As Alita learns to live in a world she doesn’t recognise, she comes to rely on both the kind doctor and her street-smart friend (Keean Johnson). Alita also discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities. Judging by the trailer, the fighting sequences will be amazing to watch on the big screen.

Rosa Salazar (of The Maze Runner films) portrays cyborg Alita via motion-capture technology.

In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Rodriguez – who wrote the film’s screenplay with James Cameron (The Terminator) and Laeta Kalogridis (Altered Carbon) – said: “It wasn’t a heartfelt character discovering their warrior spirit, it’s the flipside. It’s someone who is remembering and realising she has a pure warrior spirit and is actually finding her heart.”

The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley.

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