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Jackie Earle Haley joins up with Robert Rodriquez's Alita: Battle Angel

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Jackie Earle Haley Alita: Battle Angel

As James Cameron will be occupied in the world of Pandora for the foreseeable future, he's passed off directing duties to his long-awaited adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's "Battle Angel Alita" to Robert Rodriquez. Twentieth Century Fox is planning to kick off production on ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL this October and the project has been gathering up cast members including Rosa Salazar (MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS) and Christoph Waltz (SPECTRE).

THR reports that the latest addition to the cast of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will be Jackie Earle Haley and he'll be playing, surprise, surprise, the villain. There's not much information on Haley's role but it's said that he'll be playing "a monstrous cyborg" which "will call for plenty of CG and greenscreen." Rosa Salazar will play the titular character in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, a cyborg with no memory found in a scrapyard by a scientist, and Christoph Waltz has been in talks for the role of Dr. Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor. 

A synopsis for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL:

Set in the 26th century, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. Within the context of an epic action-adventure, the film will explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is set for a July 20, 2018 release.

Source: THR

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8:07AM on 09/15/2016
Excuse my ignorance, but are Rodriguez and Rodriquez interchangeable variants, or is the article just misspelling his name repeatedly? Honest enquiry, but I've only seen his name spelled with a 'g'. Is it an optional spelling / pronunciation thing, or just a mistake?
Excuse my ignorance, but are Rodriguez and Rodriquez interchangeable variants, or is the article just misspelling his name repeatedly? Honest enquiry, but I've only seen his name spelled with a 'g'. Is it an optional spelling / pronunciation thing, or just a mistake?
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5:52AM on 09/15/2016
You know it's funny that if you think about Christoph Waltz' character Daisuke Ido, you'd think that it's another case of whitewashing. But if you look at how the character look in the comics, he looks totally Caucasian.
You know it's funny that if you think about Christoph Waltz' character Daisuke Ido, you'd think that it's another case of whitewashing. But if you look at how the character look in the comics, he looks totally Caucasian.
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9:46PM on 09/14/2016
Very underrated actor. Am glad to see him in more high profile projects.
Very underrated actor. Am glad to see him in more high profile projects.
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9:11PM on 09/14/2016
My bad, I got Ghost in the Shell mixed up with this film. smh. That part about Johansson is for her playing "The Mayor" in Ghost in the Shell.
My bad, I got Ghost in the Shell mixed up with this film. smh. That part about Johansson is for her playing "The Mayor" in Ghost in the Shell.
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11:47PM on 09/14/2016
You mean, The Major.
You mean, The Major.
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9:04PM on 09/14/2016
He's a good actor and I think he fits this film but I'm not sold on Scarlett Johansson because she wasn't that good in Lucy.
He's a good actor and I think he fits this film but I'm not sold on Scarlett Johansson because she wasn't that good in Lucy.
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