Salazar was one of several finalists in consideration for playing the character, narrowly beating out her competitors and earning the coveted role. The film has been of especial interest to observers since it is the first time that Rodriguez will work with Academy Award-winning director and producer James Cameron:
Set in the 26th century, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. 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 will explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.
“Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years,” James Cameron said when the film was officially announced back in October. “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.
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