By Travis Martin
“Alita: Battle Angel” is adding more and more people to its diverse cast under the direction of Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has released an article staying that actor Mahershala Ali is in talks to become part of the film. However, his role in it is currently unknown.
Ali mostly got his start with his role as Tizzy the adoptive father in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,“ HBO‘s “Treme” as private investigator Anthony King, and as Jason’s (Dane DeHaan) stepfather Kofi in “The Place Beyond the Pines.“ He then began getting recognition for his roles as lobbyist Remy Danton in Netflix‘s “House of Cards” and as field commander Boggs in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “Part 2.“ It was only after a role in “Free State of Jones” that Ali got his big break in Marvel and Netflix’s “Luke Cage.“ In the superhero series, Ali plays the main villain Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes, a nightclub owner who moonlights as a gunrunner and who had musical dreams shattered by his criminal family. Now, Ali has more roles in store for films like “Kicks,“ “Moonlight,“ “Hidden Figures,“ “The Personal History of Rachel DuPree,“ and “Roxanne, Roxanne.“
It will be an origin story on Alita (Rosa Salazar), a discarded cyborg that was awoken by kind scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz). Despite having no memory of her previous life, Alita’s programed battle system allows her to become a bounty hunter in the 26th century scrap yard wasteland. Ed Skrein as rival bounty hunter Zapan, and Jackie Earl Haley as a psychotic cyborg and the main villain. “Alita: Battle Angel” is set to release on July 28, 2018.