With visionary filmmaker James Cameron producing and Robert Rodriguez at the helm, the Alita: Battle Angel adaptation of Yukito Kishiro‘s popular manga series is sure to look stunning, but now it promises to sound stunning, as well, with Grammy-nominated multi-platinum producer and composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, composing the score. The movie has been delayed once already and now the release date has been pushed back yet again, to Valentine’s Day 2019.
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.
Friends, I'm excited to officially announce that I am finishing up the original score to the upcoming adventure film Alita: Battle Angel – directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. pic.twitter.com/iTquC1KkJP
— Tom Holkenborg (@Junkie_XL) November 5, 2018
Alita: Battle Angel was directed by Robert Rodriguez, from a script he co-wrote with James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. It is based on the popular Battle Angel Alita manga by Yukito Kishiro. The cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley.
The movie opens in theaters on February 14, 2019.