Kristen Stewart In Talks For Akira

Soon to be seen everywhere in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Kristen Stewart looks towards her next big, high-profile picture once the Twilight series has wrapped. Twitchfilm reported this week that Stewart had been offered the part of Kei in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s (of Unknown previously) Akira, based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel.

She would join Garrett Hedlund, who headlines as Keneda. Gary Oldman will play the Colonel.

Warner Bros. has had much difficulty in trying to bring the project to the screen. The studio acquired the rights with Legendary Pictures two years ago from manga publisher Kodansha. Back in February 2010, The Hughes brothers were signed to direct but then left the project, only for Jaume Collet-Serra to come on board.

The idea has been to make two films, each covering three books in the series. Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988, and is considered one of the best anime releases ever made.

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