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The Alita: Battle Angel Adaptation Lives in a Very Uncanny-Valley Trailer

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A reminder that massive anime eyes on an otherwiserealistic human face are pretty much terrifying.

But also, this movie looks nuts—not just in terms of what Director Robert Rodriguez and Writer James Cameron are trying to pull off visually, but the cast alone: Rose Salazar in the title role, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz … and that’s just a start. As far as what we can expect from the story, fans of the manga and anime have likely been watching this one struggle through development for a while, but for those just catching up, Cameron has previously said that he’s working with different elements of the story of the series first four books (of nine).

The series’ story centers around Alita, a cyborg who’s found in a dump and restored by Christoph Waltz’s character. She has memories of fighting skills left over from her previous life, but she doesn’t remember anything else and winds up putting her skills to use as a mercenary, and later in a sport called Motorball, which Cameron said he wanted to include.

The movie drops incredibly soon on February 19, 2018.

(via Jill Pantozzi on Twitter, image: 20th Century Fox)

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