Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ zeroing in on its leading lady

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Alita: Battle Angel has been on hiatus for quite some time due to James Cameron’s massive Avatar schedule. Originally, he was set to direct the film but because of Avatar’s planned set of sequels Cameron chose Robert Rodriguez (Machete) to direct the film instead.

A few months after the Rodriguez announcement, Cameron and Rodriguez are closing in on picking their Alita. The Hollywood Reporter has said that Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence), Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Zendaya (Disney Channel’s “K.C. Underground”), and Bella Thorne (The DUFF) have all tested for the role.

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The current frontrunner for the role is Zendaya, but the biggest stumbling block could be scheduling due to her hit TV show. Even if a decision is made on the lead role, the film is still not officially greenlit yet. Cameron, Rodriguez, and company are being asked to bring down the budget of the film to around the $175-200 million range. Regardless, expect to hear an announcement within the coming weeks.

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Alita: Battle Angel tells of a female cyborg that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.

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