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Zendaya Is Front Runner For ‘Battle Angel Alita’ Movie Adaptation

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.

Battle Angel Alita, Alita, Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez

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)

Battle Angel Alita, Alita, Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez

Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials)

Battle Angel Alita, Alita, Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez

Zendaya (Disney Channel, Spider-Man: Homecoming) who is the current front-runner for the part.

Battle Angel Alita, Alita, Battle Angel, Robert Rodriguez

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.

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About Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex is a freelance writer, and professional nerd. As a lover of Japanese animation, and all things film, she is passionate about diversity across all entertainment mediums.

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lateefmartin
lateefmartin

Not again.

This is yet another Japanese story where the lead SHOULD be Japanese. With a heavy hitter like Cameron & Rodriguez on board there is zero excuse why she cant be. And let's put the argument to rest: it doesn't matter if it's on another planet, or that she's a cyborg or robot or whatever.