Today 20th Century Fox has released their first trailer for their manga adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. The digital design of Alita definitely stands out, but also reminds us of how far we’ve come with bringing people to life onscreen.
The design choice had to have been deliberate when designing how the character was going to look to the audience. The unusually large eyes, the type that you might see in a filtered selfie on Snapchat, remind us that Alita is not human. With a couple of tweaks, Rodriguez could have made her look almost exactly human. That’s where the eery feeling comes into play. I do think this is the first manga adaptation that Hollywood has tackled that I am minutely excited about.
The loose synopsis for the film is below:
Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Salazar) that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.
via The Hollywood Reporter
Alita: Battle Angel is a collaborative project between James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez will be directing the movie and Cameron will be producing with his partner Jon Landau. Actors Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earl Haley, Jennifer Connelly,Keean Johnson, and Ed Skrein have already been announced as cast for the film. Leonard Wu and Lana Condor also joined the cast. The starring role will be played by Rosa Salazar.
Fox is planning on releasing the movie on July 20, 2018. Are you excited? Make sure you watch the trailer below and let us know your thoughts.