Jennifer Connelly will play a villain in Alita: Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced film based on manga “Battle Angel Alita”, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Connelly, known for her roles in films like Labyrinth, Reqiuem for a Dream, and House of Sand and Fog won an Academy Award for her performance in A Beautiful Mind in 2001.
Alita: Battle Angel, which also stars Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz, is currently in production and is directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) from a script by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island). It is based on the cyberpunk manga Gunnm, known in English translation as Battle Angel Alita, by Yukito Kishiro. It was previously adapted into a two-episode anime OVA in 1993.
The movie is currently in production in Texas with Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar playing the title character for the Fox franchise hopeful.
Rodriguez is directing the pic, while Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment partner Jon Landau are producing.
Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Salazar) that is 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.
Connelly will play one of the villains.
The actress, who won an Oscar for her performance in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind, is currently shooting Granite Mountain, the true-life tale of the elite firefighters who perished while fighting a wild blaze in Arizona.
Of course this is great new – getting another A-list actress to the cast will almost certainly help get this project out of development hell (although that hadn’t worked for Akira yet. But its ultimate fate may rest on the success or failure of the live-action Ghost in the Shell, which will be released in North America March 31, 2017.