Deadpool's Ed Skrein joins Alita: Battle Angel
Battle Angel Alita, as it was called in print and anime form, sprung from Yukito Kishiro's nine-volume manga (known as "Gun/Dream" in Japan): the story of an amnesiac female cyborg who becomes a bounty hunter, after being rescued from the rubbish dump and rebuilt by a professor of cybernetics. Rosa Salazar is on board to play Alita, while Christoph Waltz will be the professor.
Skrein is getting back into bad guy mode for the movie, playing a dangerous cyborg named Zapan, who wields a powerful weapon called the Damascus blade. And he's not the only threat, as Jackie Earle Haley will also be a villain in the film.
With James Cameron – who has been trying to get Alita into cinematic form for several years – producing, the cameras are set to start rolling next month.