Who Will Star in the American ‘Akira’ Remake?

Eight actors are up for the teenaged leads. Only three of them are under 30.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Who Will Star in the American 'Akira' Remake?

Neo-America is about to EXPLODE!!! Or at least it will if this Akira remake ever gets made. Hollywood’s been bouncing the idea around for years now, with directors like Stephen Norrington (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and Academy Award-nominee Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey) both attached at one point or another. Now, Book of Eli directors the Hughes Brothers are up at bat, they’ve got a screenplay by Steve Kloves (Wonder Boys), and a cast that includes… Um, nobody yet. James Franco and Mila Kunis both left the project for Sam Raimi’s upcoming Oz, The Great and Powerful, leaving the film in a lurch. The movie is based on the sci-fi masterpiece Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo, and is expected to be told over the course of two films in order to incorporate most of the epic content from the original manga series.

But Deadline reports that the Hughes Brothers have a short list for Akira‘s two teenaged leads, Tetsuo and Kaneda, two teenagers who in the original film and manga are teenagers. We keep repeating that because apparently the American version thinks that part is optional. Here’s who’s on the short list to play these two teenagers:

TETSUO (a teenager):

Robert Pattinson (age 24)
Andrew Garfield
(age 27)
James McAvoy
(age 31)

KANEDA (a teenager):

Garrett Hedlund (age 26)
Michael Fassbender
(age 33)
Chris Pine
(age 30)
Justin Timberlake
(age 30)
Joaquin Phoenix
(age 36)

Yeah… Hot actors all, but apparently no matter what, Tetsuo and Kaneda will have been held back a grade or two… or dozen. Mila Kunis was originally set to play the teenaged female lead, Kei, but now that she’s departed we suspect that Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, and Judi Dench are all in the running.

Crave Online will be back with more live-action Akira news as it looks really good for its age.