With Warner Bros. having finally given the live-action “Akira” the official green light after years of delay, including the lost of multiple directors, actors, and eventually downsizing of the budget to a measly $90 million or thereabouts, casting is now underway to fill the film’s roles formerly Asian roles that will now all be played by white folk, though curiously the movie will keep their Japanese names. Which is odd (and kinda dumb), but there you have it.
Up to bat is Kristen Stewart, who may be joining the cast. Word is, the “Twilight” star has been offered the female lead in Warner Bros.’ upcoming white-washing of the Katsuhiro Otomo property. No doubt the gazillion virgin teens lining up for the latest “Twilight” movie had a little something to do with the studio wanting a lass like Stewart in their movie. If Stewart does decide to board the sci-fi/futuristic project, she would play Kei, the fetching leader of a resistance group that intrigues “Tron: Legacy’s” Garrett Hedlund, playing the film’s male lead. That would be Kei’s anime self to your right.
Hedlund’s Kaneda is the leader of a biker gang in a not-too-distant New Manhattan who has to contend with guv’ment secret weapons projects, an out-of-control buddy with crazy growing powers, and psychic kids running around doing psychic stuff like destroying the city.
And of course, if I get my way, an opening bike race/fight played to an insanely cool soundtrack (below). Though I suspect the latter will not be happening. Fingers crossed!
“Unknown” director Jaume Collet-Sera has already been set behind the camera, while names like Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter are rumored for other vital roles in the live-action take on the popular Japanese manga/anime.
Via : Twitch