Here's Who May Star in James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's 'Alita: Battle Angel'

Here's Who May Star in James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez's 'Alita: Battle Angel'

Apr 27, 2016

Battle Angel Alita

What is Alita: Battle Angel and why should we be excited that it's moving forward?

As our own Peter Hall explained, the live-action movie is based on a manga that revolves around "cyborgs, futuristic sports, Mars colonies, and floating cities." It takes place several centures in the future and is set in the former United States. A cyborg named Alita is the lead character. Alita lost her memories and became a bounty hunter.

James Cameron dreamed about making a live-action version for years before finally hiring Robert Rodriguez to direct last October. At the time, we noted that the project had no time frame established for when it might hit theaters.

According to THR, the film has not yet been given the green light by Fox due to budgetary issues. Still, four actresses have recently been tested for the lead role: Maika Monroe (It Follows), Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Zendaya (TV's K.C. Undercover) and Bella Thorne (Alvin & the Chipmunks: Road Chip).

Reportedly, producer Cameron and director Rodriguez "want to create a star-making vehicle akin to Cameron’s Dark Angel," the television series that ran from 2000 to 2002 and served as a launching pad for Jessica Alba. So what's the star potential for the finalists?

Zendaya

Zendaya, reportedly the frontrunner, costarred with Bella Thorne in Disney's Shake It Up!, which ran from 2010 to 2013. She broke out in K.C. Undercover, a more action-oriented family comedy that is still in production and might create scheduling problems for her. She's already been tapped to star in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Maika Monroe

Maika Monroe played a sympathetic heroine in the thriller The Guest, but it was her terrific performance in the horror movie It Follows that gained a lot of attention. She has a supporting role in the upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence, which should expose her to a much wider audience. Based on It Follows, she could clearly hold her own in an action movie.

Rosa Salazar

Rosa Salazar began landing television roles in 2010 and soon appeared on American Horror Story and Parenthood. She snared a key role in last year's Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and next year will appear in Maze Runner: The Death Cure as well as CHiPs. She may be lesser known, yet she's no less ready for a starring role.

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne began as a child actress and has a line long of credits. She showed her range last year as a mean girl in The DUFF and as an agoraphobic teen in the thriller Big Sky. She's not really done anything that could be described as action-packed, but perhaps she's ready to show that side of her personality.

Whoever is chosen, the role of Alita sounds like it will offer a great opportunity for stardom. We'll keep an eye on the project as it continues to move forward.

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