‘X-Men’ Star Lana Condor Joins James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Dave McNary
Variety

Lana Condor, who made her film debut as Jubilee in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” has been cast in James Cameron’s “Alita: Battle Angel” opposite Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Eisa Gonzalez and Christoph Waltz.

Robert Rodriguez is directing and Cameron will produce with Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis will write the screenplay, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series.

The story is set in a 26th-century dystopian future and follows an amnesiac cyborg who’s rescued from a scrap heap and becomes a bounty hunter tracking down criminals. Fox has already set a July 20, 2018, release date for “Alita: Battle Angel.”

Condor will play Koyomi in the film. In the manga, Koyomi is an orphaned teen with connections to several characters.

Condor has also been cast in Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day” as an MIT graduate student who is the girlfriend of MIT police officer Sean Collier — who was shot to death three days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by either Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Lionsgate will release “Patriots Day” on Dec. 21.

Condor is represented by ICM Partners and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.

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