It’s looking like turning popular Japanese Anime/Manga into films is the new wave as of lately in Hollywood.
Ghost In The Shell is out next month, a live-action Naruto film is in development (Lord knows why), and manga-turned-live-action film Alita: Battle Angel is just about wrapping up it’s filming.
The last title may not be well known by many, but it was definitely an interesting manga to read. So interesting, that Robert Rodriguez decided he’d want to direct the thing (with the help of James Cameron as producer).
Obviously this may seems like a risky property to some, but a lot of A-list actors have signed in to start in this project. So far we’ve got Rosa Salazar ( Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails) as our titular character , along with names such as Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse), Jennifer Connelly (Noah), and Jack Earle Haley (Watchmen). That’s a lot of talent in one film, but EW is now reporting that Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez will also be apart of the film.
In their exclusive, EW states that while it’s just now being announced, Rodriguez has been cast in the film for a while now, and that she will be playing the character of Gelda, who is basically a badass cyborg warrior.
Now while this cast – Michelle included – is insanely talented, it’s a bummer that once again, Hollywood has decided to include the bare minimum of Asian actors in a film that’s meant to include many Japanese characters . But hey, what can you expect nowadays?
Nevermind all the gripping, all we can do is hope the movie does well and represents the manga as best as possible. Let us know what you think about this casting choice in the comment section below.
Alita: Battle Angel makes its way to theaters on July 20th, 2018.