Skrein will join Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in the movie with Salazar portraying a 26th century cyborg who’s rescued from a scrapyard and reassembled. Her character, Alita, who only remembers her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior who tracks down vicious criminals.
Should Skrein’s deal go through, he’s expected to portray a villain. Haley will play a monstrous cyborg and Waltz will portray Doctor Dyson Ido, the cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor.
“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” star Salazar joined the project in March. Cameron and Jon Landau, who will produce for Fox under their Lightstorm Entertainment banner, are also currently in pre-production on four “Avatar” sequels.
Fox has already set a July 20, 2018, release date for “Alita: Battle Angel,” which is expected to have a budget between $175 million and $200 million. Fox is planning a start of production next month in Austin, Texas.
Skrein starred in “The Transporter Refueled” and co-starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool.” He’s shooting the thriller “In Darkness” with Natalie Dormer and Emily Ratajkowski.
Skrein is repped by CAA and UK’s 42 agency and Bloom Hergott.