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James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel casts Rosa Salazar in lead role

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Somewhere in the 26th century, a bell just rang. EW can confirm that Rosa Salazar has scored the lead role in Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s big-screen adaptation of the manga series about an amnesiac cyborg bounty hunter plying her trade in a dystopian future.

The 30-year-old actress is no stranger to post-apocalyptic action movies, having previously appeared in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Cameron wrote the adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga and originally intended to direct, but he ultimately stepped down to focus on his sprawling Avatar franchise. Robert Rodriguez will direct Alita instead, with Cameron remaining on board as a producer.

Twentieth Century Fox has yet to announce release date for the film.

Salazar’s other upcoming films include Maze Runner: The Death Cure and CHIPs. Collider first reported her casting.

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