Among the things we found the most disappointing about X–Men: Apocalypse was the lack of Jubilee. Despite the prominence of actress Lana Condor in the promotional material in the build-up to its cinematic release, ultimately many of her scenes were left on the cutting-room floor, and her role ended up being a fairly peripheral one. Some of her deleted scenes survive, but still: it’s not the same.
However, it looks like Condor will hopefully get more time to shine, as she has just been cast in Robert Rodriguez’ Alita: Battle Angel movie as Koyomi K, described as “an orphaned teen with connections to several characters”, who in Yukito Kishiro’s original manga grows up in the scrapyard where the cyborg Alita is discovered. Sure, it’s another supporting role, but hopefully she’ll get more time to shine than she did in Apocalypse.
She joins a cast that already includes Rosa Salazar (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Alita, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Vector, Ed Skrein (Deadpool) as Zapan, Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as Dr Dyson Ido, Keean Johnson (Nashville) as Hugo and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) in an unspecified role, with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) directing from a script penned by James Cameron (Avatar) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island).
You can read the synopsis for Alita: Battle Angel below:
“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.”
Alita: Battle Angel will be released in cinemas on 20 July 2018. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.