Akira: Joaquin for Kaneda?

22/03/2011 | By
 

AKIRA Shortlist: Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Joaquin Phoenix

The live-action remake of Akira is on its way, folks, thanks in large part to the pen of Steve Kloves (the Harry Potter series).  Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are reportedly very pleased with Kloves’ rewrite and eager to get Akira in front of cameras in August.  Recent casting rumors have been all over the place for the teenage main characters Kaneda and Tetsuo: from Zac Efron (23) to James Franco (32) to Brad Pitt (47).  The implication has been that the studio is seeking a “massive star” to anchor the film, which apparently leads to some leeway in the agery.   Deadline lists the actors that have received a script from the studio:

  • For Tetsuo: Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy
  • For Kaneda: Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Joaquin Phoenix

The Hughes brothers (Book of Eli) are on board to direct Akira which adapts Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume manga.  The plan is to make two films, each of which covers three books in the series, as producer Andrew Lazar told us last summer.

Full article: Akira Collider