Ezra Miller out, Alden Ehrenreich and more still testing for Tetsuo in “Akira” opposite Garrett Hedlund

November 21, 2011 | Posted By In Casting | 1049 Views

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“We Need to Take About Kevin” star Ezra Miller has taken himself out of the running to play Tetsuo in “Akira”, as he told Moviefone. But Warner Bros’ risky, big budget remake isn’t hurting for talent. Alden Ehrenreich, last reported to be testing a couple of weeks ago, is still in the running, and he’s got even more stiff competition. THR reports that over Sunday and Monday, Ehrenreich, DJ Cotrona, Paul Dano, Toby Kebbell, Richard Madden, Logan Marshall-Green, Rami Malek and Michael Pitt will all be reading for the role of the telekinetic younger brother to Kaneda, played by Garrett Hedlund.

Hedlund is in negotiations for the lead, with Kristen Stewart in talks for the female lead Kei, and now the third crucial role of a troubled young man who develops powers and becomes a dangerous weapon is up for grabs. The interesting thing here, of course, is that these names are all familiar to us, with nearly all these young men showing up on one shortlist or another in recent days. Kebbell and Madden were up for “Arthur and Lancelot”, before losing out to Kit Harington; Dano was up for “The Bourne Legacy” and still may be in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, where he’s up against Cotrona. Marshall-Green, who already has his big break in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” lined up for next year, was shortlisted for Roland Emmerich’s “Singularity” but that has been put on indefinite hold for now. Malek and Pitt, showing up on a shortlist for the first time, are most known for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”, respectively.

So which up and comer will end up on top this time around? If you ask us, not that many of these young men could easily resemble a younger brother to Garrett Hedlund, though certainly there are more crucial factors to consider. THR further details Warner Bros would like to lock down their choice by Thanksgiving, and all the men are still rising stars and very much interested in the high profile role – unlike Miller – so we should have our Tetsuo very soon. And then, presumably, onto the next shortlist for the ones who lose out here.


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