Jon Landau took to a live Q&A panel with actress Rosa Salazar, James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez for a discussion on upcoming manga adaptation, Alita: Battle Angel. Hosted by 20th Century Fox, and much to our delight however, the studio didn’t make fans wait too long as they presented the newest official trailer at the top of the live video ahead of the film’s December 21 release.
Rodriguez adapted the film from manga creator Kishiro Yukito’s 1990 manga telling of a discarded, unique cyborg reborn with a new body and purpose as she sets out to discover who she is. Last year’s teaser was a bit fascinating amid the critique of why Rodriguez chose such a visible and obvious design for Rosa’s CG-hybrid rendering of Alita – a look that continues no less in the new trailer and I have to say (without just merely saying) the new footage does bring some fresher perspective.
The shots seen here make her look just a little less artificial and more interactive in her surroundings. The action looks like it’s going to bring something amazing to the screen too, and for a film suceeding an Asian IP, while there are lots of hurdles to hump, I feel a little less concerned – the wait for a full critique notwithstanding. The film also got a strong show of support and interest from fans at San Diego Comic Con in the last several days.
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. 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.
Landau produced the film with Cameron who also shared scripting duties with Laeta Kalogridis. Salazar is joined by Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.
The official trailer is also isolated below!