The second trailer for James Cameron’sAlita: Battle Angelhas dropped, and while it features a lot of the same quotes as the first one — plus some reused footage, including the title character’s extremely anime leaps — this new sneak peek adds more action, more backstory about the robotic Alita (she’s not what she seems!), more of a sense of the world where it takes place, and a new December release date. The movie was supposed to premiere on July 20th, but Fox delayed its release for five months — which, as the pop culture siteInversenotes, puts it in direct competition with big winter movies likeAquamanandBumblebee.
Cameron has been working on the project for a decade. It’s an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s influential Japanese manga of the same name (known in Japan asGunnm), which follows an amnesiac female cyborg as she discovers who she really is, set in a dystopian, extremely class-separated future. The nine-volume manga has been adapted into an original video animation and a video game; Cameron’s film, however, will be the first movie version in English, and the first to use live actors — including Oscar-winners Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali.
Alita: Battle Angelis currently set for release on December 21st, 2018.