Jackie Earle Haley Cast In Alita: Battle Angel
The Academy Award-nominated Little Children and Nightmare on Elm Street actor will play a role in the planned manga adaptation.
Although the character name’s is unknown, Jackie Earle Haley is confirmed to be portraying a “monstrous cyborg” that acts as an antagonist in the film. In addition, it is known that the role will require both CGI and green screen effects to bring it to life.
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. Production is set to begin on the film in Austin this October.
“Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years,” Cameron said when the film was officially announced last year. “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.”
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