It’s been nearly a year since the first trailer for the James Cameron-produced manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel was released, and the movie still won’t be with us until February. In the meantime, a new trailer has arrived.
This latest promo recaps much of the basic plot, in which a girl called Alita (Rosa Salazar), who is growing up in a futuristic city, discovers that she is a cyborg that was found on a rubbish dump by her scientist dad, played by Django Unchain’s Christoph Waltz. We then get a ton of action, including confrontations with other cyborgs and a violent chase on what looks like a sci-fi race track. Check it out above.
Alita: Battle Angel also stars Jennifer Connelly (Hulk), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Luke Cage), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen). It’s directed by Sin City’s Robert Rodriguez. Cameron intended to direct the movie for many years, but in 2016 handed over the reins to Rodriguez, who is also known for the likes of From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, and the Spy Kids movies. The movie was originally set for release in July this year, but was delayed a couple of times and now hits theaters on February 14, 2019.
When the first trailer debuted last year, the movie attracted some controversy for the look of the title character–specifically, her large, unnatural eyes. Rodriguez explained at San Diego Comic Con in July that he wanted a realistic depiction of the source material, echoing James Cameron’s wishes to bring the manga to life.
The manga Battle Angel Alita was first published in 1990, and the original series ran for nine volumes until 1995. In 1993, a two-episode anime version was produced, which adapted the first two volumes of the manga.