‘Akira’ Script Gets Positive Feedback, Short List Of Potential Actors Revealed

A script can spend forever in the editing stage, so anticipators of the developing live-action movie version of “Akira” should feel lucky to hear the project is finally materializing. After all, the film’s script—taken on in mid November for polishing by “Harry Potter” writer Steve Kloves—is an adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s sprawling 6 volume manga, and not a remake of the 1988 anime.

According to Deadline, Klove’s edits have Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures brass along with director Albert Hughes “excited” enough to forward the script to a short list of actors.

For the role of Kaneda, leader of motorcycle gang The Capsules, the script has sought out actors Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix.

For Kaneda’s troubled best friend Tetsuo, whose untapped psychic power provides the story’s central conflict, the brass have envisioned Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield or James McAvoy.

I guess this means Zac Efron is out of the running?

According to the blog, the film’s two leads are expected to be found among this group of actors, with the hope of starting production in August. Since Warner Bros. and Legendary’s 2008 acquisition of the property by manga publisher Kodansha, their intention has been to make two films, each covering three books of Otomo’s series.

Do you see any of these actors as Tetsuo or Kaneda? Are there any actors you would have rather seen on the list? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!