Somewhere in between the roughly 457 Avatar sequels we have coming our way, producer-director James Cameron found the time to squeeze in producing another sci-fi tentpole: Alita: Battle Angel. The film, based on the Battle Angel Alita manga series, was a passion project of Cameron's, but due to his schedule he stepped out of the director's chair and into a producer's role, as well as writing the screenplay. The directing job eventually went to Robert Rodriguez, and, well, it's Robert Rodriguez, so...yeah.
Anyway, the first trailer just dropped for the movie, and it's something. Take a gander—and try not to be creeped out by the look of Alita:
What kind of "Black Hole Sun" music video sorcery is this?
TIME OUT! Hi, it's me, Alisha, the author of this article, breaking the fourth wall. For those of you who are young millennials and not an ancient and decrepit 30-something like me, Soundgarden's music video for "Black Hole Sun" was iconic and memorable, mostly for the visuals that looked like this:
And now you get my old people reference. Okay, time in!
You can't argue they've not assembled one hell of a cast for this film. Jennifer Connelly, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Michelle Rodriguez, Mahershala Ali, and Jackie Earle Haley, among others. I mean, c'mon.
But even that all-star cast can't keep the trailer from being...really, really off-putting. No thank you, freaky face lady. It's not just the unsettling look of Alita, but also that right now, the CGI is very rough, and for a movie that relies on CGI as heavily as this one does, that is, in the words of Pete Campbell from Mad Men, not great, Bob. Thankfully the film has another seven months to clean up the visual effects, because it needs it.
Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on July 20, 2018. Until then, you can tide yourself over watching whatever media gives triggers your uncanny valley fears and creeping existential dread. Your call.