"Akira" continues its violent rampage towards the big screen, with director Jaume Collet-Serra's adaptation of the widely loved anime and manga setting its sights on numerous actors. Garrett Hedlund is reportedly the man to play Kaneda, and now we're hearing word on who could star as his best pal, Tetsuo.
The Hollywood Reporter identifies Ezra Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower") and Alden Ehrenreich ("Tetro," "Stoker") as the names popping up most frequently in connection to Tetsuo, the telekinetic teen who becomes the driving force of much of the action as "Akira" barrels forward.
Both Miller and Ehrenreich aren't exactly household names just yet, though they're sure to make their mark in the coming weeks and months. Miller's work as a troubled teenager who spearheads a high school killing spree in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" has been getting rave reviews; that same troubled energy could work quite well as Tetsuo.
Ehrenreich, meanwhile, is a Steven Spielberg discovery who is already a veteran of two Francis Ford Coppola pictures and has a starring role in Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" coming up. He was also a lead candidate for "The Amazing Spider-Man" before losing out to Andrew Garfield, so even if it's not going to happen for him with "Akira," Ehrenreich's star is clearly on the rise.
There's a significant age difference between Hedlund and both Miller and Ehrenreich — the "Tron" star is eight and six years older than both actors, respectively — which looks to be explained by the fact that the live-action "Akira" posits Kaneda and Tetsuo as siblings, not just best friends, according to THR's description of Hedlund's character as "the teen's older brother." It's just another line item on the long list of departures between the "Akira" source material and the upcoming westernized adaptation.
We'll keep you posted with more "Akira" updates as we see them.
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