Akira - Shortlist of Possible Lead Actors Revealed
Wondering who Warner Brothers has in mind to play Kanada and Tetsuo in the upcoming live action telling of Akira with Legendary Pictures? The shortlist of possibilities has been revealed.
According to Deadline there are two major roles -- for Tetsuo, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy have been given the new script rewritten by Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves. For the role of Kaneda, the script has been given to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. The two leads are expected to come from that group of actors.
The intention is to make two films, each covering three books in the series. The first picture is finally taking shape for an August start, following the delivery of a rewrite by Kloves that has director Albert Hughes and the studio brass excited. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.
Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988.
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