‘Alita’ Casts Oscar-Winning Jennifer Connelly As Villain

By February 7, 2017

Alita: Battle Angel, the long-awaited live-action manga adaptation from James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez, has found a villain.

Well, at least one of them.

Jennifer Connelly is joining the cast, which already includes two-time Oscar nominee Christoph Waltz and recent Oscar nominee Mahershala Ali.

Connelly continues that acting prestige with her own Oscar win in 2002 for A Beautiful Mind. They all will join up-and-coming actress Rosa Salazar, known for the Maze Runner film series, who is playing the title role.

The casting seems a bit late for Alita, which already is in production in Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. 

Connelly has an extensive film resume that includes Dark City in 1998, Requiem for a Dream in 2000, and even Labyrinth in 1986.

She appeared in American Pastoral last year, starring and directed by Ewan McGregor, and just finished filming on Granite Mountain with Jeff Bridges. That drama is due in theaters Sept. 22.

Rodriguez is best known for his work on 2005’s Sin City, but also was a director in the Spy Kids film franchise between 2001 and 2011.

He’s also directed John Malkovich in the film 100 Years. And if you think the wait is long to see Alita, you’ll never get to see 100 Years, which is not scheduled for release until Nov. 18, 2115 (that’s not a typo).

See? July 2018 is not looking so bad for  Alita: Battle Angel, now, right?

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