Christoph Waltz May Join Big Screen Version of Manga Hit
Christoph Waltz, star of Django Unchained and Spectre, is currently in talks to star in Alita: Battle Angel, a big screen adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga graphic novel series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Waltz’s character, if the deal goes through, would be Doctor Dyson Ido, a 26th century scientist who finds a female cyborg (Rosa Salazar) in a scrap yard. Upon gaining a new lease of life – courtesy of Ido – the cyborg has no memories of her previous existence – even though she does retain very clear recollections of her martial arts skills.
Robert Rodriguez is directing the film – estimated to be within the $175 million to $200 million budget – which will be produced by James Cameron. Twentieth Century Fox is currently aiming for a 2018 release.
Waltz, who most recently played bad guy Leon Rom in The Legend of Tarzan, will journey back to 17th century Amsterdam in the upcoming Tulip Fever. That movie, directed by Justin Chadwick, concerns an artist who, during the Tulip Mania of 17th century Amsterdam, falls in love with a young married woman while painting her portrait.
In addition, the Austrian actor stars in Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, in which a man believes he will be a better person if he shrinks himself.