Actor and singer Eiza Gonzalez has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of the manga series ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL at 20th Century Fox. James Cameron, who was previously attached to direct, wrote the script based on Yukito Kishiro’s original material. Earlier this week, Luke Cage star Mahershala Ali signed on to the film, which also stars Rosa Salazar as Alita, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, and Ed Skrein.
Set in the 26th century, the story takes place 300 years after a societal collapse caused by a major war. But in that society, it’s a technological dark age following a pinnacle of achievement far beyond where we are right now. It’s a post-apocalyptic world from a very high level with cyborg technology as just a way of life. People are augmented a lot as workers and so on, so being a cyborg is not unusual.
The story centers on a young female cyborg (Salazar) with an organic human brain, discovered in a trash heap by a scientist, becomes a bounty hunter who tracks down criminals with her martial arts expertise.
In 2007, Gonzalez gained popularity for her debut role as “Lola” in the Mexican teen-oriented musical telenovela Lola…Erase una vez. She currently stars on the El Rey series From Dusk Till Dawn – created and executive produced by Rodriguez. She previously appeared on the big screen in the 2015 adaptation of Jem and the Holograms and recently wrapped on Edgar Wright’s latest Baby Driver.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.