By James Hibberd
February 22, 2017 at 01:51 PM EST
Michelle Rodriguez
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Filming has just wrapped on Alita: Battle Angel, yet there’s one more cast member that had been kept secret — until now.

Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and the Furious franchise, Avatar) signed onto the adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s famed manga, EW has exclusively learned. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and written and produced by James Cameron.

She joins the previously announced cast that includes Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Mahershala Ali, and Keean Johnson. Rodriguez will play Gelda in the film. In the comics, the character was a slim cyborg warrior.

Alita tells the future-set story of a cyborg girl (Salazar) rescued from a junkyard by a scientist (Waltz) who rebuilds her and together they explore her mysterious past. Even though the Alita has finished shooting, the native-3D movie isn’t expected to hit theaters until July 20, 2018, to give production time to build the film’s extensive visual effects. Alita is live-action yet will also use plenty of CG for its backgrounds, cyber body modifications and, in certain cases, actor’s faces.

Alita: Battle Angel (2019 Movie)

Rosa Salazar stars in Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron's take on the '90s manga series.
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