Warner Brothers’ live-action remake of Akira has been the subject of heated discussion from day 1 and the latest news is sure to keep the keep the flames of controversy burning intensely. Twitch reports that none other than Kristen Stewart has been offered the lead female role in Jaume Collet-Sera‘s adaptation of the beloved manga/anime.
For those unfamiliar with the story, the film will take place in a futuristic city named New Manhattan and will revolve around Kaneda (Garrett Hedlund), a biker gang leader who must save his friend Tetsuo, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments. Stewart would reportedly take on the role of Kei, a member of an underground terrorist organization who becomes the love interest for Kaneda.
If Stewart accepts the role, she would certainly bring needed name recognition to this project although I’m sure the K Stew hate train will be out in full force before that. It certainly will be interesting to see what kind of career she will have after the Twilight phenomenon ends next year and this could be a part of it. The actress would also reunite with Hedlund with whom she previously co-starred in Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the Road. She is currently shooting Snow White and the Huntsman and will next be seen in theaters as the blank sheet named Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Finally, it remains to be seen who will be cast as Tetsuo although Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, and James McAvoy have previously been rumored for the role. Offers are also out to Gary Oldman to play Colonel and Helena Bonham Carter to take on the role of Lady Miyako. Production is set to begin next spring.
What do you think of this casting news? Are you a fan/hater of Stewart?