Zendaya Is Front Runner For ‘Battle Angel Alita’ Movie Adaptation
In 2015, the Nerdist announced that the live-action adaptation of famed Japanese anime, Battle Angel Alita had been revived by directors James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. Battle Angel Alita is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi action manga/anime is written by Yukito Kishiro is set in the 26th century and follows a the female cyborg Alita, as she trains to become the world’s most deadly assassin.
This film has been a labor of love for James Cameron and for the last decade or so he has been trying to get the project going. However, with the announcement that Cameron intends to direct four more Avatar films between now and 2023 (according to IMDB), he doesn’t seem to have room for the Battle Angel Alita project. This is where Robert Rodriguez comes in. Rodriguez is the new director for Battle Angel, while Cameron intends to write, and produce the film.
Fast forward to April 2016, and the production is close to finding its leading lady. The Hollywood reporter states that the top three candidates for the role of Alita are:
Maika Monroe (It Follows, Independence Day Resurgence)
Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials)
Zendaya (Disney Channel, Spider-Man: Homecoming) who is the current front-runner for the part.
Another hurdle the Battle Angel Alita has to get over is the budget. I09 reports that right now, the film’s budget is in between $150 and $200 million dollars. 20th Century Fox wants to get that number below $100 million before officially giving the film the green light.
Robert Rodriguez has yet to direct a film of this size and has seemingly shied away from science fiction. The world will be watching as this production unfolds.