Robert Pattinson, Garrett Hedlund, Andrew Garfield and more wanted for “Akira”

March 22, 2011 | Posted By In Casting | 737 Views

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Warner Bros. adaptation of Manga classic, Akira – one of their most high-profile projects – is finally coming together, two years after a 7 figure acquisition and a recently rewritten script. And reports are suggesting a plethora of up and coming stars have been sent the new script.

After last year’s rumours that Zac Efron was ciricling the project, Deadline are now reporting that Robert Pattinson and Andrew Garfield, along with James McAvoy have received scripts for the role of Tetsuo, whilst Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund have all received copies of the script for the role of Kanedu, along with Michael Fassbender and Joaquin Phoenix.

Akira, was set in a post-apocalypric Neo-Toyko, but this live action adaptation will take place in New-Manhattan, “where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.”

Every one of these actors will bring star power to the film, but we wonder how likely some of these names will want to sign on for another franchise – especially Pattinson, who will be coming off of the Twilight Saga, and Garfield who is currently filming the Spiderman reboot.

The intention of Warner Bros. has been to make a two films covering three books in the series, and production is due to start this August.


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