The First Trailer for Alita Battle Angel is Filled With Cyborg Action and Giant Eyes

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For years, James Cameron has been struggling to bring Alita: Battle Angel to life. And today, the first trailer for the manga-turned-big-budget adventure is finally here.

And it looks just like the manga come to life, right down to the creepy, giant eyes.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel starts Rosa Salazar at Alita, a cyborg found in a junkyard by a scientist played by Christoph Waltz. Alita isn’t mere junk, though, she’s a trained assassin of the highest degree and she’ll have to battle to find out where she came from and what her purpose is. Here’s the trailer.

I can already smell the hot takes coming about Alita’s look. It’s very unsettling, to say the least. Especially when she’s up against human characters. But, I think once the action starts ramping up and we get all these other crazy cyborgs, it’s a more understandable balance of robot and human. Or at least I hope. This is only 90 seconds and we’re still seven months from release.


Produced by Cameron, the film co-stars Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein, and Michelle Rodriguez. Alita opens July 20, 2018.


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Jerk Dently

The CGI is very well done, she’s an unnatural person who looks almost natural. Cool way to approach the idea.