'Alita: Battle Angel' trailer: James Cameron's next takes audiences to post-apocalytpic cyberpunk future

A movie that has been in the works since as far back as 2000, 'Alita: Battle Angel' looks like it has been worth the wait.


                            'Alita: Battle Angel' trailer: James Cameron's next takes audiences to post-apocalytpic cyberpunk future

Based on acclaimed Japanese manga artist Yukito Kishiro's manga 'Gunnm,' the James Cameron and Jon Landau-produced 'Alita: Battle Angels' is scheduled to premiere in theaters on December 21 this year. The cyberpunk action film has been in the works since as far back as 2000, with Cameron having become enchanted with the concept after it was brought to his attention by Guillermo del Toro. The first trailer for the film is finally out, and unsurprisingly, the hype is real, with the video already clocking well over four million views in the span of fewer than two days.

The film stars Rosa Salazar (Parenthood, American Horror Story: Murder House) in the titular role of Alita, a cyborg in a post-apocalyptic future who has lost all her memories but retains the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a bounty hunter. 

Rosa Salazar stars in the titular role in 'Alita: Battle Angel' (Source: IMDb)
Rosa Salazar stars in the titular role in 'Alita: Battle Angel' (Source: IMDb)

The 2:36 trailer begins with Alita found in a garbage heap in Iron City by cybernetics doctor Dyson Ido (Christopher Waltz), who rebuilds her and takes care of her. But Alita is one-of-a-kind harboring technology that had previously been lost for over 300 years. 

There were also interactions with Alita's love interest and street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson), who offers to help her trigger her repressed memories. But as she attempts to rediscover the keys to her hidden past, she's met with opposition from forces who fear she will upset the 'natural order of things.' 

An official description reads, "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."

Cameron's involvement has meant that the movie has that 'Avatar-like' feel, with the distant future world's rendering representing a quasi-Pandora if you will; except, replace all the wide-eyed Na'vi with futuristic cyborgs, the lush greenery for sky-choking highrises, and the exotic animals with a gun and weapon-wielding robots. The CGI appears to be on point as well, and if 'Avatar' was any indication, 'Alita: Battle Angels' should be a roaring success.

Besides Salazar, the film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, Eiza González, Lana Condor, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Idara Victor, Leonard Wu, and Mark Zaror in supporting roles.

'Alita: Battle Angels' is directed by Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk till Dawn, Sin City, Machete) from a script penned by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Altered Carbon). Tom Holkenberg/Junkie XL (Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road) composed the music score for the film with Bill Pope (The Matrix trilogy) serving as cinematographer.

Watch the trailer for 'Alita: Battle Angel' here: