Tuesday, February 07, 2017

"Alita: Battle Angel" Starts Shooting

Actress Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") has been cast as a villain in producer James Cameron's female 'cyborg' bounty hunter feature "Alita: Battle Angel", directed by Robert Rodriguez , based on Yukito Kishiro's Japanese 'manga' comics series, "exploring a young woman’s journey of self-discovery...":

Cast also includes Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eiza Gonzalez, Lana Condor, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Christoph Waltz.

"...set in a 26th-century dystopian future, the story follows an amnesiac 'cyborg' (Salazar), rescued from a scrap heap to become a crime-fighting bounty hunter..."

"Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years," said Cameron, director of "Terminator", "Aliens" and "Avatar", "so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do 'Battle Angel'. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically. 

"This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins.

"We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic..."

"'Battle Angel' is an incredibly rich and vibrant epic in the tradition of Jim Cameron’s spectacular, character-driven films," said Rodriguez.

"Getting to work from Jim’s terrific and visionary script while learning the cutting edge techniques he’s pioneered is a master class in filmmaking..."

"Battle Angel Alita" opens with 'Daisuke Ido', a futuristic hunter/warrior, who digs out a 300-year old human head from the rubble of the 'Scrap Yard', then ghoulishly recycles the remains to create a 'perfect' life. As 'Alita', the damaged 'battle angel' grows into her new arms and legs...and also grows in awareness.

"Why should I have to live the life you want for me?! I've got to find my own way," Alita cries to her creator.

Alita's shattered body is a metaphor for the unintegrated self and her successive battles (like 'Ripley' in "Aliens" and 'Sarah Connor' in "Terminator") will take her closer to discovering who she is and what she wants.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Alita"...