Battle Angel Alita: Zendaya Among Finalists For Lead Role
Sources closet to THR say several actresses have come in to test for the role, including Zendaya’s former Shake It Up co-star Bella Thorne. In the end, the list of front-runners is an interesting mash-up of actresses who all come with a diverse background when it comes to the genre of their work. Rosa Salazar, who will star in WB’s big-screen adaptation of CHiPS, is best known for her role in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; Maika Monroe made a splash in the indie-horror film It Follows, and will feature in this year’s Independence Day: Resurgence; and Zendaya, who also starts in Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover, and is said to be the front runner so far. Scheduling conflicts with Zendaya’s other projects, though, might put the role in someone else’s hands.
The film will tell the story of Alita, a female cyborg who is found and put back together by a scientist, and retains no memory of her past outside of her dangerous martial arts training. On a path to find out about her past, Alita becomes a bounty hunter, and the mind-boggling epic adventure begins.
The film was originally rumored for release in 2017, but as of yet, nothing has been confirmed. Battle Angel has effectively been in development for about half a decade, and with sources saying that the film’s star will be decided upon over the course of the coming weeks, Cameron’s adaptation might be coming sooner than we think.