By Juliet Ebirim
Hollywood movie, “Alita: Battle Angel” was premiered in Lagos last Wednesday at the Filmhouse Cinemas in Lekki. Nigerian celebrities who graced the Lagos premiere include Uti Nwachukwu, Chioma Akpotha, Ufuoma McDermott, Bryan Okwara, Denola Grey among others.
Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, 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. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film is written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis produced by Cameron and Jon Landau. James Cameron was so passionate about the material and hoped it could be a movie to inspire his own daughter. Rosa Salazar stars as the titular Alita, a cyborg who sets out to learn about her past after she awakens in a new body with no memory of who she is. Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson also star in supporting roles.
The Robert Rodriguez-directed film has been a passion project for James Cameron for over twenty years. James Cameron, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Rosa Salazar and director Robert Rodriguez all walked the red carpet at the Westwood Village Regency Theatre for the premiere of Alita: Battle Angel in January.
Adapted from Yukito Kishiro’s manga graphic novel, Alita is a cyberpunk sci-fi thriller about a young cyborg trying to survive in a morally compromised world and learn the truth about her past.
Alita: Battle Angel premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 31, 2019, and was released in the United States on February 14, 2019 by 20th Century Fox in Real D 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX 3D formats. The film has grossed over $137 million worldwide.