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Ed Skrein Joins James Cameron's ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL According to the Hollywood Reporter, Deadpool actor Ed Skrein has signed on to play the villain in director Robert Rodriguez' Alita: Battle Angel. Skrein joins Rosa Salazar (Insurgent), Christoph Waltz (Spectre), and Jackie Earl Haley (Preacher). Rodriguez is adapting the Japanese manga with famed director James Cameron on board as producer through his Lightstorm Entertainment, along with his producing partner John Landau.Skrein will play the villain cyborg, Zapan, who wields a powerful weapon known as the Damascus blade.

2 New Actors Sign On For Death Wish Remake The Bruce Willis lead remake of the 1974 film Death Wish has added two more actors. Vincent D’Onofrio (Marvel’s Daredevil) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) have signed on to the new Eli Roth adaptation of the book by Brian Garfield. The story follows a man named Paul Kersey (Willis) whose world is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. When the criminals are not brought to justice, Kersey takes to the streets to hunt them himself. Charles Bronson played Kersey the first time and in four sequels over twenty years.

2 New Actors Sign On For Death Wish Remake The Bruce Willis lead remake of the 1974 film Death Wish has added two more actors. Vincent D’Onofrio (Marvel’s Daredevil) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) have signed on to the new Eli Roth adaptation of the book by Brian Garfield. The story follows a man named Paul Kersey (Willis) whose world is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. When the criminals are not brought to justice, Kersey takes to the streets to hunt them himself. Charles Bronson played Kersey the first time and in four sequels over twenty years.

James Wan Updates The Status Of The MORTAL KOMBAT Reboot At the Summer TCA Press Tour to promote his new Magyver reboot on CBS, James Wan also touched on the Mortal Kombat reboot  in addition to dishing on his Aquaman plans.  Said Wan, "It's still cooking away. With that particular project, that's a really cool property that I loved growing up as a kid.

Akira: Justin Lin Possibly Being Courted to Direct Hollywood doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to adapting anime/manga properties for the big screen, as evidenced by the underwhelming box office returns (and at best lukewarm, at worst hostile, critical reactions) for such live-action films as Dragonball: Evolution and Speed Racer, as well as the animated Astro Boy – all three of which hit theaters in the late 2000s, as it were.

Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel Gets a Release Date Anime and manga fans have spent many years watching as fans of American comic books and animation get all their wishes granted at the box office. Everything from Marvel and DC Comics to Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get film after film, year after year, while fans of Japanese storytelling often get left out in the lurch. That trend is about to change. The box office will see an infusion of anime and manga inspired properties adapted for the American cinema for the first time. The titles include Ghost In The Shell, Full Metal Alchemist and of course Alita: Battle Angel.

'Battle Angel Alita' Casts Rosa Salazar to Play Battle Angel Alita A big bit of casting new for you before your holiday weekend: Collider reports that James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have found their star for their big-budget, live-action movie version of Battle Angel Alita. It’s Rosa Salazar from The Maze Runner franchise (and the upcoming movie version of CHiPs). Salazar beat out finalists Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) for the role. Continue reading…

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