Fox has released a new trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s hybrid film Alita: Battle Angel, which will be released in the U.S. on December 21, 2018.

The manga adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s Gunnm, Alita has a unique texture stemming from the fact that its title character, an amnesiac female cyborg, is a fully-animated cg character (created with the aid of motion capture), while the rest of the characters are predominantly live actors.

The film is produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, and co-written by Cameron, Rodriguez, and Laeta Kalogridis.

From the studio synopsis:

When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family, and the world she’s grown to love.

Production costs on the film is estimated to cost between $180-200 million. Weta Digital is leading the visual effects and animation on Alita. Double Negative and Framestore are also working on the film.

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