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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL (2018): Ed Skrein Cast

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Ed Skrein Joins The Cast of Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel sees Deadpool‘s Ed Skrein join as the primary antagonist of the titular hero.

Coming off his role as Ajax in the aforementioned Deadpool, the actor is set to portray Zapan in the highly-anticipated manga adaptation. Fans of the source material will be happy to know that Alita’s nemesis will wield the deadly Damascus Blade in the film.

Skrein joins a cast that includes Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, and Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz:

Set in the 26th century, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by Dyson. 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 aims to explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.

James Cameron had been developing the big screen adaptation for more than a decade, but now that he’s is in pre-production on four Avatar sequels, he has his hands a little full and has turned the Alita reins over to Sin City director Robert Rodriguez.

Ed Skrein also starred this year in Mads Matthiesen’s Danish drama The Model. He can be seen coming up in the Federico D’Alessandro sci-fi thriller TAU and in the Anthony Byrne thriller In Darkness.

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