Casting Underway for Live Action Akira Adaptation

So it appears that there’s movement in the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures live action adaptation of Akira, to be directed by Allen Hughes (where’s brother Alan?). The project, based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel as well as a 1988 anime film adaptation of the manga.

Following a rewrite by Steve Kloves, who has penned six of the seven Harry Potter installments and shares credit on the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man release, copies of the script will be sent out to actors for the roles of the two main leads, Tetsuo and Kaneda.

For the role of Tetsuo, the studio is going after Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy. 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 will most likely be any combination of the names listed.

Warner Bros. acquired the rights to adapt the Japanese magna for a seven-figure-sum two years ago from publisher Kodansha. The studio plans to make a total of two films, with each film covering three books in the series.

Sound off: Do any of the names give you hope for a live action Akira, or is it yet another example of the studio not willing to think outside the box in terms of casting its two leads? Considering that most audiences may not be familiar with Akira, the studio most likely feels that a “name” actor of some degree with give it a better shot of being successful.

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Source: Deadline