The classic anime feature "Akira" has been blowing people's minds for nearly a quarter of a century now, which is only fitting considering it centers on the story of a mutant whose mind powers end up destroying Tokyo. But that's nothing compared to the mega-bombshell Twitch has just dropped: Kristen Stewart has been offered a role in the upcoming live action remake.
Here's the skinny for those of you who consider yourself to be more of a Twi-Hard than an otaku: Based on the ground-breaking manga series by Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo, "Akira," which was directed by Otomo himself, tells the story of two friends who have a falling out when one of them begins to develop psychokinetic powers.
The real issue? He's not the only one who has developed such powers -- and the last time it happened, all of Tokyo was destroyed as a result.
Viewed by many as a masterpiece of both animation and cinema in general, "Akira" is now being developed as a live-action blockbuster by Jean Collett-Serra, who up until this point is best known for little horror films like "House of Wax" and "Orphan." If you're going to go big time, though, you need some big time stars, which explains why Collett-Serra has just offered the role of Kei -- the story's female lead and love interest to protagonist Kaneda -- to Stewart, who knows a thing or two about both adapting a beloved work and meeting fan expectations.
Of course, nothing is certain yet; previously, the role of Kei had been rumored to belong to Keira Knightley, while the role of Kaneda is still up in the air despite long-standing reports that it has been offered to "TRON: Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund. So will Stewart bring her talents to Neo-Tokyo? We sure hope so, if only for the cross-universe cosplay oppostunities it provides.
Now that would truly be mind blowing.