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Cast This: Battle Angel

12.17.2009

To celebrate the long, long-awaited release of AVATAR tomorrow, I’m making this week’s Cast This about what I believe to be Cameron’s next project, BATTLE ANGEL ALITA. There have been a zillion rumors flying round about what truly is his next film, but after reading what he had to say about BATTLE ANGEL the other day, and the fact that it’s already a year into production, and we’ve been hearing about it for several before that, I think he’s going to go with it after AVATAR finally emerges from his womb.

But what the hell is it about? For a full refresher, read this post I wrote a while back that chronicles the thoughts of someone who got a look at what the film is shaping up to be, but here’s the highlight:

"Did you see the KICK-ASS trailer? Well imagine that girl via the Matrix via Ghost in the shell, via AI."Remember the True Lies bathroom brawl?" Well take out Arnold, and "copy and paste"Bruce Lee on acid via the Terminator. as seen through the eyes of a sweet innocent 14 year old cyborg girl."

That’s BATTLE ANGEL for ya.

So who are we looking for then? I think this is probably going to be one of the tougher Cast This roles to fill, as we’re not searching for a tough action hero or a super hot chick, we’re looking for a fourteen year old(ish) girl who can carry an entire James Cameron movie on her back.

There are plenty of actresses around that age out there, and I will rely on your guys’ movie/TV knowledge to be able to find some kick ass choices for the role. And speaking of kick ass…

Last Week: MARCUS FENIX

We had another video game movie casting call last week, and this time it was for the lead in the upcoming GEARS OF WAR film, COG squad leader Marcus Fenix. Here are the results.

1. Dominic Purcell (12%) 2. Nick Chinlund (11%) 3. Gerard Butler (9%)

I am fully 100% behind Prison Break's Purcell for this role, and I think he’s the absolute right choice for the GEARS film. I do respect Chinlund, and think he deserves larger roles, but I’m just not sure this is the right one for him. I could almost see him as Baird in the movie though.

And of course, fan favorite Gerard Butler has shown up in yet another top three, and buzz that hair and yes, I can see him as Fenix for sure. He’s already got shoot-em-up gaming experience with GAMER, but this would be a much better project to sharpen his killstreak skills. I’m a little sad no one agreed with my suggestion of Patrick Warburton. Oh well.

Alright time to start yelling out the names of some fourteen year old girls. For the role. For the role in the movie. Yep.

Extra Tidbit: Just keep the title as BATTLE ANGEL, without the ALITA.
Source: JoBlo
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2:39AM on 12/26/2009
I like either Alison Lohman, or Ellen Page. There's also a young actress named Madeline Carroll who could really be good for the part.
I like either Alison Lohman, or Ellen Page. There's also a young actress named Madeline Carroll who could really be good for the part.
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4:27AM on 12/25/2009
Ellen Page or Madeline Carroll would be great in that role. Some other people are saying Camilla Belle, and I think she'd work too.
Ellen Page or Madeline Carroll would be great in that role. Some other people are saying Camilla Belle, and I think she'd work too.
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5:33PM on 12/21/2009

Madisen Beaty

I say Madisen Beaty, she's up and coming!
I say Madisen Beaty, she's up and coming!
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12:10PM on 12/18/2009
Summer Glau or Camilla Belle
Summer Glau or Camilla Belle
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10:11AM on 12/18/2009

Summer Glau

With mo-cap
With mo-cap
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2:54AM on 12/18/2009

Camilla Belle

Camilla Belle looks she was cut straight out of the manga.
Camilla Belle looks she was cut straight out of the manga.
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10:35PM on 12/17/2009

Summer Glau

Cameron may CG the likeness, but to mo cap the acting performance itself, and provide the voice, there still needs to be an actress in the suit. Since age is not an issue, you need someone that can play young but also handle action and fight scenes. I'd easily get behind Summer Glau for the voice and facial expressions. She's shown in Serenity and Terminator that sweet and innocent teenage girls doing Waif Fu are her absolute bread and butter. It's almost too on the nose.
Cameron may CG the likeness, but to mo cap the acting performance itself, and provide the voice, there still needs to be an actress in the suit. Since age is not an issue, you need someone that can play young but also handle action and fight scenes. I'd easily get behind Summer Glau for the voice and facial expressions. She's shown in Serenity and Terminator that sweet and innocent teenage girls doing Waif Fu are her absolute bread and butter. It's almost too on the nose.
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7:37PM on 12/17/2009

Cast THIS!

Battle TOADS!
Battle TOADS!
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5:43PM on 12/17/2009

You guys are not doing your homework

Cameron said several times (google it!) that the main character of Battle Angel will be completely CG. This doesn't mean that there will not be an actor behind it (motion capture and all that), but the thing is it really doesn't matter how the actor looks like; there could even be several of them (depending on the scene), so rest assured she will not be a well known actress. Just anyone fit for the job, with decent body expressiveness and good voice acting.
Cameron said several times (google it!) that the main character of Battle Angel will be completely CG. This doesn't mean that there will not be an actor behind it (motion capture and all that), but the thing is it really doesn't matter how the actor looks like; there could even be several of them (depending on the scene), so rest assured she will not be a well known actress. Just anyone fit for the job, with decent body expressiveness and good voice acting.
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5:05PM on 12/17/2009
AnnaSophia Robb has the right look. Just dye her hair black, and BAM! You've got an Alita clone. However, I don't know squat about her acting chops. So I'm not holding out for her. Moreover, I'm not really at all familiar with a broad list of teenaged actresses, so I have very little to contribute here. I do, however, think Cameron should keep a keen eye open for Asian and Eurasian actresses - which I have no doubt he has been.
AnnaSophia Robb has the right look. Just dye her hair black, and BAM! You've got an Alita clone. However, I don't know squat about her acting chops. So I'm not holding out for her. Moreover, I'm not really at all familiar with a broad list of teenaged actresses, so I have very little to contribute here. I do, however, think Cameron should keep a keen eye open for Asian and Eurasian actresses - which I have no doubt he has been.
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4:33PM on 12/17/2009

No Actress Required.

I would choose Annasophia Robb, she's an amazing actress, but what James Cameron proved today (after I watched Avatar), there is no need for real actors anymore so he will probably CG her and hire a voice to complete her.
I would choose Annasophia Robb, she's an amazing actress, but what James Cameron proved today (after I watched Avatar), there is no need for real actors anymore so he will probably CG her and hire a voice to complete her.
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4:13PM on 12/17/2009
SELENA GOMEZ IS THE ONLY VIABLE OPTION. OR AN INEXPERIENCED NO NAME.

PS: Every idea thrown out so far is embarrassingly bad. Real talk.
SELENA GOMEZ IS THE ONLY VIABLE OPTION. OR AN INEXPERIENCED NO NAME.

PS: Every idea thrown out so far is embarrassingly bad. Real talk.
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12:15AM on 12/18/2009
Selena Gomez is a weak pick. Get someone who can carry a movie well.
Selena Gomez is a weak pick. Get someone who can carry a movie well.
4:12PM on 12/17/2009
Dakota Fanning.
Sure she isn't 14, she's... what 15? Anyway, she's one of a small number of young actresses that has proven the ability to carry a film.
Dakota Fanning.
Sure she isn't 14, she's... what 15? Anyway, she's one of a small number of young actresses that has proven the ability to carry a film.
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3:48PM on 12/17/2009

i know i know

i know this may sound odd but do you guys think ellen page could do it?
i know this may sound odd but do you guys think ellen page could do it?
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3:07PM on 12/17/2009
Jack Black
Jack Black
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3:05PM on 12/17/2009
Annasophia Robb, Spencer Locke, Lara Robinson, Alakina Mann,Madisen Beaty and Madeline Carroll are my choices.
Annasophia Robb, Spencer Locke, Lara Robinson, Alakina Mann,Madisen Beaty and Madeline Carroll are my choices.
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2:49PM on 12/17/2009

Emma Stone

Emma Stone
Emma Stone
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2:46PM on 12/17/2009
Hmm, go-to at 14? I see Annasophia Robb in your future Jim...
Hmm, go-to at 14? I see Annasophia Robb in your future Jim...
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1:35PM on 12/17/2009
I know she's older, but Alison Lohman
I know she's older, but Alison Lohman
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1:12PM on 12/17/2009
Chloe Moretz. It feels right
Chloe Moretz. It feels right
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1:11PM on 12/17/2009

Great call

Dominic Purcell. Great call. He absolutely could pull that off.
Dominic Purcell. Great call. He absolutely could pull that off.
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1:06PM on 12/17/2009
For me, 2 picks come to mind.

Either Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Moretz, who is likely to become a big name actress herself once Kick-Ass releases
...or...
Oscar-calibur actress Saorise Ronan. She's about the right age needed and could be compelling to watch as an assassin. She's got the acting chops to pull it off. Those are the 2 best picks that come to mind.
For me, 2 picks come to mind.

Either Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Moretz, who is likely to become a big name actress herself once Kick-Ass releases
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Oscar-calibur actress Saorise Ronan. She's about the right age needed and could be compelling to watch as an assassin. She's got the acting chops to pull it off. Those are the 2 best picks that come to mind.
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12:50PM on 12/17/2009
I'm pretty sure Cameron wanted to do this with the whole photo-realistic motion capture CGI bullshit, so that he could show her nude, or some shit like that. But that aside, if I were just casting an actress I guess I'd go with AnnaSophia Robb.
I'm pretty sure Cameron wanted to do this with the whole photo-realistic motion capture CGI bullshit, so that he could show her nude, or some shit like that. But that aside, if I were just casting an actress I guess I'd go with AnnaSophia Robb.
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