Michelle Rodriguez had secretly joined the cast of Alita: Battle Angel

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Feb 23, 2017

Filming may have just wrapped on Alita: Battle Angel, but we're just learning now that Fast and Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez has re-teamed with her Machete and Machete Kills director Robert Rodriguez (no relation, FYI) for the upcoming film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Michelle was cast in the role of a cyborg named Gelda, who was a badass warrior in the pages of Yukito Kishiro's popular Japanese cyberpunk manga series, Battle Angel Alita.

The 3D live-action movie written and produced by James Cameron (Aliens, Titanic, Avatar, not that he needs an introduction) stars Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trial) in the titular role of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg bounty hunter; Christoph Waltz as Dr. Dyson Ido; Mahershala Ali as Vector; Ed Skrein as Zapan and the recently announced Jennifer Connelly and Jackie Earle Haley in villainous roles.

Alita: Battle Angel will make extensive use of VFX, green screen and CGI to render backgrounds and the various characters' cyber bodies (and more!) and is slated for a July 20, 2018 release.

Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg that's discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. The action-adventure story is meant to serve as a backdrop to themes of self-discovery and the search for love.

What do you think of the addition of Michelle Rodriguez as Gelda in Alita: Battle Angel?

(via EW)