James Cameron reveals how fatherhood inspired Alita: Battle Angel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 February 2019
James Cameron

James Cameron

Acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron has revealed how his own experience of fatherhood inspired him to make 'Alita: Battle Angel'

James Cameron's own experience of fatherhood inspired him to make 'Alita: Battle Angel'.

The 64-year-old filmmaker – who has daughters Josephine, 25, Claire, 17, Quinn, 15, and Elizabeth, 12 – produced the new cyberpunk action film, and he's admitted to being inspired by his own real-life experiences.

Speaking at the movie's world premiere in London's Leicester Square on Thursday night (31.01.19), James explained: "I fell in love with the character – and we were lucky enough to get Rosa Salazar to play her.

"And I think she just comes off the screen – she's somebody whose journey you want to go on.

"When I acquired the material, my daughter at the time was seven or eight and I was looking ahead – you know, she was my eldest – I was looking ahead to what it's going to be like to raise a teenager ... a young girl coming into womanhood in this world. You know, it's stacked against women."

James admitted he was determined to explore the theme of "female empowerment" in 'Alita: Battle Angel', which is based on Yukito Kishiro's manga 'Gunnm'.

Speaking about the themes of the film – which also stars Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein and Jennifer Connelly – James told HeyUGuys: "I wanted to do something that was about female empowerment – that was about gaining confidence and gaining strength and finding your place in the world – and that's what the film is about, ultimately."

Alita: Battle Angel

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
  • Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson
  • UK release: 6 February 2019

Three years after a savage war, Dr Dyson Ido (Waltz) finds a cyborg head on a scrapheap, which he gives to a body and names Alita. The story is a bit of a grab-bag of ideas, but Salazar shines via motion capture as a truly splendid teen action heroine.

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