Reported yesterday by Variety, it was announced that actress Eiza Gonzalez has officially joined the cast for James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel, the film based on Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita manga. Gonzalez will be joining fellow actors Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein, and Christoph Waltz.
Alita: Battle Angel will be directed by Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Til Dawn, Sin City) with production being done by James Cameron and Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment Banner. The screenplay will also be based on the Yukito Kishiro’s manga series and it will be written by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis.
The film’s plot will focus on an amnesiac cyborg (played by Salazar). After being rescued by a doctor from a scrap heap, she officially turns into a bounty hunter which then gives her the job of tracking down criminals. Furthermore, the film will have a 26th-century dystopian future setting.
Currently Cameron and Landeau are working on the pre-production for the four Avatar sequels. In addition, Fox has set a US release date on July 20, 2018 and the estimated budget for the film falls into the range of $175 million to $200 million.