Alita: Battle Angel Movie

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In the 26th century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrapheap by a scientist.

Who's Involved:

Keean Johnson, Jackie Earle Haley, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, Christoph Waltz, James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Rosa Salazar, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jon Landau

Release Date:

Thursday, February 14, 2019 (Nationwide)

sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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 takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

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Who stars in Alita: Battle Angel: Cast List

... Alita

"Maze Runner: The Death Cure" , "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials"  

... Doctor Dyson Ido

"Pinocchio" , "Zero Theorem"  

"Shutter Island" , "A Nightmare On Elm Street"  

... Zapan

"Patrick" , "Deadpool"  

"Boogie" , "Bliss"  

"Swan Song" , "Sovereign"  

"Cut Throat City" , "Midway"  

... [Villain]

"Top Gun: Maverick" , "Stuck in Love"  

Who's making Alita: Battle Angel: Crew List

A look at the Alita: Battle Angel behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Robert Rodriguez last directed We Can Be Heroes and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The film's writer James Cameron last wrote Sanctum and Avatar.


James Cameron


James Cameron
Jon Landau

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Production: What we know about Alita: Battle Angel?

Key Facts

  1. Ed Skrein will play a character named Zapan, a villainous cyborg who is in possession of a weapon called the Damascus blade (Hollywood Reporter, 9/21/16).
  2. Jackie Earle Haley will play a monstrous cyborg in a villain role - likely some CG and green screen work (Hollywood Reporter, 9/15/16)
  3. Christoph Waltz will play Doctor Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor (Hollywood Reporter, 8/23/16).
  4. The production will have a budget in the $175 million-$200 million range (Hollywood Reporter, 5/27/16).
  5. The film is based on a series of graphic novels by a Japanese artist called Kishiro.

Filming Timeline

  1. January 2019: The film was in Completed status.
  2. December 2017: The film was in Post-Production status.
  3. October 2016: The film was in Production status.
  4. Starts shooting this month in Austin, TX.

  5. September 2016: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  6. An October 2016 production start in Austin is being targeted.

  7. August 2016: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  8. Fox is planning a fall 2016 start of production with a 2018 release.

  9. May 2016: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  10. No start date has been set yet; Rosa Salazar will star in the lead role.

  11. October 2015: The film was in Development status.
  12. Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct the live action adaptation of the manga graphic novels. Last announced in December 2005.

  13. February 2011: The film was in Concept status.
  14. James Cameron said he'll be busy with Avatar sequels through 2015, but he still wants to direct Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel Release Date: When was the film released?

Alita: Battle Angel was released in 2019 on Thursday, February 14, 2019 (Nationwide release). There were 1 other movie released on the same date, including Fighting With My Family.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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