20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated Alita: Battle Angel has added yet another cast member, with X-Men: Apocalypse star Lana Condor signing on to join the cast. She will play Koyomi K, who, in the original story, is an orphaned teen who has connections to several characters. It isn't known when production will begin, but the studio has set a July 20, 2018 release date for this manga adaptation.
Lana Condor joins a cast that includes Rosa Salazar as the title character, alongside Christoph Waltz, Eiza Gonzalez, Jackie Earle Haley, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein, according to Variety. 20th Century Fox hasn't announced a production schedule yet, and it remains to be seen how many major roles are needed to be cast. James Cameron was originally set to direct this adventure for many years, before ceding the director's chair to Robert Rodriguez.
Alita: Battle Angel is set in the 26th century, as the story takes place 300 years after a societal collapse caused by a major war. But in that society, it's a technological dark age following a pinnacle of achievement far, far beyond where we are right now. It's a post-apocalyptic world from a very high level with cyborg technology as just a way of life. People are augmented a lot as workers and so on, so being a cyborg is not unusual.
Alita is a cyborg with an artificial body that houses an organic human brain, who appears to be around fourteen years old. After losing her memory, she is found among some wreckage and brought back to life by Dyson Ido. 20th Century Fox is eyeing this project to launch a sci-fi franchise, with James Cameron producing alongisde his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau.
Robert Rodriguez is directing from a script by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, based on Yukito Kishiro's original manga. Alita: Battle Angel will mark Lana Condor's third feature film, after making her feature acting debut in X-Men: Apocalypse. She will next be seen alongside Mark Wahlberg in Patriot's Day, hitting theaters December 21.