While most actors previously offered roles in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic sci-fi comic, AKIRA, have passed due to the script not being up to par, with the most recent rewrite in, it seems the new pass from Steve Kloves has initiated a lot of movement, and new shortlists have had the studio getting underway in finding their leading men…
For the role of Tetsuo:
For the role of Kaneda
Based on the Japanese manga, and the original animated film, the film has been moved to take place in a post-WWIII New York, where a group of motorcycle-riding teens must stop one of their members from abusing his newly acquired telekinetic powers.
Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce with Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar and Albert & Allen Hughes. Otomo and Thomas Tull will serve as executive producers.