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James Franco really thinks he can do anything, doesn’t he? He’s hosting the Oscars, is nominated for one of the awards himself, he goes to like four different schools at the same time, he cut off his own arm in a movie, is reportedly going to teach a class about himself, and is now rumored to be in line for the role of Kaneda, one of the lead roles, in a live action adaptation of legendary anime and manga “Akira” to be directed by the Hughes Brothers.
This isn’t going to happen. This can’t be allowed to happen. But a lot of reputable sources are talking about this, but I can’t be the only who thinks this sounds like a long shot, like just another crazy ass rumor. But that’s the thing. James Franco does a lot of off the wall shit that doesn’t seem like it should work, or that people pass off as gossip, like him publishing a book of fiction, or appearing on a soap opera because he wants to. Remember we’re talking about a guy who played a version of himself who is in love with a body pillow on “30 Rock”. Franco has done enough random stuff in his life and career his playing a Japanese teen doesn’t seem that far out of the realm of possibility.
I definitely hope that they don’t let a 32-year-old white guy play an Asian teen, or even an anglicized version of an Asian teen. Franco has a baby face, but really guys, really? Word is that the setting is already being moved from Tokyo to New York (surprise). I know I’m not the only one who hopes they don’t change “Akira” that much. Hell, I like Franco and I like the Hughes Brothers, but I know I’m not the only one who wishes they’d just leave “Akria” alone all together. The adaptation process has already been a long, slowly unfolding saga, so if there is any karmic justice left in the universe this whole thing will shrivel up and die on the vine.
Though I guess Franco is better than Zac Effron. I know, I know, I know that this is JUST A RUMOR, but seriously people, please just stop.