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New ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Trailer Delivers Gripping Future World VFX

20th Century Fox will release James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s highly-anticipated, action-packed sci-fi thriller this coming February 14. 

James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited sci-fi thriller, ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ is coming to theatres next February 14

20th Century Fox has just released a stunning new trailer for James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s long-awaited epic sci-fi adventure, Alita: Battle Angel, which will open in theatres worldwide February 14, 2019. Showcasing Weta Digital’s performance capture mastery and expertise at believable blending of photorealistic CG characters with live-action, the trailer for this big-budget adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s expansive manga series, GUNNM provides an exciting glimpse at what could become the first installment of Cameron’s next big franchise.

Alita: Battle Angel is set several centuries in the future. The abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. 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 Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.

Rodriguez is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Cameron and Landau are producing. The film has been on Cameron’s radar for almost two decades – he registered a domain in the film’s name in 2000 and in 2003, confirmed he’d be directing from a script that was in production. The project went through years of development, ultimately set aside while Cameron made Avatar (2009) and then delayed again with the announcement of two additional Avatar films. In 2015, Rodriguez was reported to be reworking the script and Cameron’s notes – the following year, Fox announced a July 20, 2018 release date with Rodriguez directing and Cameron, along with Jon Landau, producing.   

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