Zac Efron Rumored For 'Akira' Role

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Zac Efron might be getting a kick-ass red motorcycle... from the future.

File this strictly under "rumor" for now, but word hath it that Zac has been offered the title role in Albert Hughes' live-action adaptation of "Akira," the anime that even people who don't know anything about anime have heard of.

Zac would certainly kick ass in the role of the moody renegade psychic. But, uh... Zac isn't Asian. Right?

We thought the same thing, but this "Akira" will be taking place in "New Manhattan" rather than "Neo-Tokyo," according to Slashfilm. We'll still get that awesome red motorcycle, though.

Albert Hughes (who seems to be working without his twin brother, Allen, on this project) is working with screenwriter Albert Torres to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo's classic '80s anime about a corrupt high-tech society that emerged from the ashes of World War III. The project is set up at Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way.

The Hughes Brothers' previous films include "The Book of Eli," 'From Hell," "Dead Presidents" and "Menace II Society."