Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

The first 'Alita: Battle Angel' trailer is a real eyeful

The first 'Alita: Battle Angel' trailer is a real eyeful

Cameron remains on-board as producer and writer, so it will be interesting to see how Rodriguez (who has traditionally only filmed his own scripts) absorbs the near two decades of work that has already gone into this film. Cameron wrote the screenplay with Laeta Kalogridis.

What do you think about Alita: Battle Angel's first trailer? When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As far as what we can expect from the story, fans of the manga and anime have likely been watching this one struggle through development for a while, but for those just catching up, Cameron has previously said that he's working with different elements of the story of the series first four books (of nine). I was so happy to see all of that was in there, it was crafted with all the love and care with any of his other projects.

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Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Salazar) that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist.

"When I first saw the images Jim put together, it was really embracing the idea of bringing in a very manga character with the enlarged eyes - which we haven't seen since Astroboy in the 30s and has never been cinematically photo-real", Rodriguez says. But now try to imagine what that would feel like if you were also a cyborg living in a corrupt world where other cyborgs are hunting you down for reasons you don't understand, and you have the premise for the incredible-looking new sci-fi movie Alita: Battle Angel. We'd barely raise an eyebrow if this were a cartoon, but she's played by a real actress (Rosa Salazar) with the aid of "realistic" CG animation - and boy, do they look weird.

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