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Post Oscar win, Mahershala Ali to play double role in Alita: Battle Angel

Mahershala Ali, who won the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight, will be playing a double role in his next film Alita: Battle Angel.

oscars 2017 Updated: Feb 28, 2017 13:47 IST
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Actor Mahershala Ali at the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, on Sunday.(Reuters)

It’s raining good news for actor Mahershala Ali. After winning the prestigious statue, he has announced that he will be essaying a double role in his upcoming film Alita: Battle Angel.

Ali, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Moonlight at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, said he would play two roles in the live-action movie based on artist Yukito Kishiro’s comic book, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“I’m really excited about Alita: Battle Angel. I actually play two parts in that film. That was a blast. I literally wrapped that maybe two weeks ago,” Ali said.

The 43-year-old actor didn’t give further details about the roles he would play in the movie. However, it has been known that he will portray a villain named Vector. His second role, meanwhile, has not been announced yet.

Alita: Battle Angel imagines a post-apocalyptic world in 26th century, where society endures technological dark age after a massive war. The story focuses on Alita, a cyborg with an organic human brain and an artificial body. She’s rescued from junkyard by a scientist who later becomes her surrogate father and helps her explore her mysterious past.

Besides Ali, the film also features Rosa Salazar, Michelle Rodriguez, Jennifer Connelly and Jackie Earle Haley.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film is set to release on July 20, 2018.

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