The new “Transporter” star and “Deadpool” villain Ed Skrein is set to play the antagonist in the Robert Rodriguez-directed, James Cameron-produced manga adaptation “Alita: Battle Angel” at Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.
Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Rosa 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.
Skrein will play a character named Zapan, a villainous cyborg who is in possession of a weapon called the Damascus blade. Christoph Waltz and Jackie Earl Haley also star and filming is slated to begin this October in Austin.
Source: Heat Vision