By Jack Rico
Do we really need DC or Marvel to create a Hispanic superhero for us? No. James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have aready done it and she’s called Alita. Rosa Salazar, of Cuban descent, plays Alita, the lead actress, or our hero in ‘Alita: Battle Angel‘. Rodriguez and Cameron undertand the power of having Latina leads. Cameron hired Caribbean Dominican/Puerto Rican actresses Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez for Avatar. Robert Rodriguez… ni para que decir. Watch the trailer and get excited for a new hero!
When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
‘Alita: Battle Angel’ will debut Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. It will be directed by Robert Rodriguez with a screenplay from James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. It’s based on the graphic novel (“Manga”) and it stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.