The synopsis for the film is as follows:
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, 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, 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.
I’ve never read the material by Kishiro, but do know that James Cameron has been attached to this project for the best part of two decades and must say that from this first trailer I’m definitely intrigued. Having Alita be a mix of live-action with a CGI face could be seen as a distraction to some, while it initial caught me off guard I didn’t find it distracting in the rest of the trailer.
Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jacke Earle Harley, Keenan Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lana Condor, Eiza González, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Leonard Wu and Marko Zaror.
Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled for cinematic release on the 20th July 2018.