Mahershala Ali to play twin roles in ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Oscar winning actor Mahershala Ali said that he will play more than one part in “Alita: Battle Angel”.

Ali, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Moonlight” at the 89th Academy Awards here on Sunday night, said he would play two roles in the live-action movie based on artist Yukito Kishiro’s comic book, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“I’m really excited about ‘Alita: Battle Angel’. I actually play two parts in that film. That was a blast. I literally wrapped that maybe two weeks ago,” Ali said.

The 43-year-old actor didn’t give further details about the roles he would play in the movie. However, it has been known that he will portray a villain named Vector. His second role, meanwhile, has not been announced yet.

“Alita: Battle Angel” imagines a post-apocalyptic world in 26th century, where society endures technological dark age after a massive war. The story focuses on Alita, a cyborg with an organic human brain and an artificial body. She’s rescued from junkyard by a scientist who later becomes her surrogate father and helps her explore her mysterious past.

Besides Ali, the film also features Rosa Salazar, Michelle Rodriguez, Jennifer Connelly and Jackie Earle Haley.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film is set to release on July 20, 2018.

–IANS

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