After fifteen years lingering in the nine circles of development hell, James Cameron has finally got his passion project – Alita: Battle Angel –  off the ground. Though he took a backseat with Jon Landau to produce, cult director Robert Rodriguez takes up directorial duties, and given his kooky back catalogue, we’re feeling confident the movie will be faithful to the source material. Anyway, take a peek at the below trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.

The trailer shows us a hyper-real malaise of cyberpunk action and grungy backstreets, though it’s Rosa Salazar’s eyes in the lead role that have attracted most of the attention. It evokes some of the controversy surrounding this year’s Ghost in the Shell, though long time fans claim the trailer perfectly captures Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga.

The cast is completed by Inglorious Basterds’ Cristoph Waltz, Moonlights Mahershala Ali and Game of Thrones‘ Ed Skrein and is set for a summer 2018 release.

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Interesting. I’m not familair with the source material, so can’t comapre the two, but the trailer looks intriguing.


Alita was my favorite manga as a kid but somehow I lost my love for it along the way. This movie does not look likely to rekindle my passion.