"Battle Angel" Finally Shows Its Hand

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Alita: Battle Angel will be in theaters everywhere July 20. After years of delays, Cameron left the director's chair on this big-budget adaptation of the Japanese manga, opting instead to produce while Rodriguez stepped behind the camera. And, as these stories tend to go, it turns out she's a bit of an ass-kicking powerhouse.

Cameron originally wrote a 186-page screenplay accompanied by 600 pages of notes and eventually shared both with Rodriguez, who tried his hand at cleaning up the draft to transform it into a shooting script. "It seemed like an opportunity to get the look of a manga in a cinematic way, and to do that Alita would have to be completely CG, and it's now possible to bring a photo-realistic person to life".

Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner series, Insurgent) takes the lead as the manga-eyed Alita, a cyborg found in pieces in a scrap heap by Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), who takes her home and restores her to, er, cyber-health.

According to IMDb.com, Alita is "an action-packed story of one young woman's journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world".

As you can see above, 20th Century Fox just shared its first teaser of Alita: Battle Angel. It also features Christoph Waltz as the cyborg-doctor, along with Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson. With no memory of her previous life, except for her deadly martial-arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. Salazar can still be seen through the visual effects, but the creative decision to make her look this way certainly stands out. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she's grown to love.

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