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James Franco As Kaneda In Akira

Actor confirmed to be in talks for the role

By Chris Beveridge     February 11, 2011
Source: Buzznet

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James Franco is one of the go-to men right now for a number of roles and he's being reported as in talks with several people about several different projects. The folks at Buzznet are claiming to have exclusively confirmed that Franco is in talks to take on the lead role in the live action adaptation of the Katsuhiro Otomo manga Akira. He would play Kaneda, who we would talk about in terms of his role in the book but by every indication it's hard to see how what we saw in that would make much of a translation into the actual film since it was about young high school punks in a post-World War III world where the city of Neo-Tokyo is brimming with brilliance yet is incredibly corrupt underneath. Psychics, war, action and politics populates the original work and portions were adapted into the single theatrical anime movie as well. The feature, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's production company with the Albert Hughes tapped as the director has had several casting potential moments in the last year but nothing has come to fruition yet. The story at this point is being billed as taking place in New Manhattan involving a biker gang, but obviously aging them up from their high school years.

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trazalca 2/11/2011 4:56:56 PM

Huh? I don't get the casting. I was still trying ot figure out why Leonardo DiCaprio was attached to this months earlier. Now Franco? Eh, I dunno. I'm gonna stand with my arms folded with a smirk on my face till I see something that impresses. Otherwise, I'm just not.

doubleO7 2/11/2011 5:01:19 PM

Oh my gosh...

For once why can't they just stay true to the source material? WHY???

Puck85 2/11/2011 5:58:37 PM

The two main characters are high school delinquents. They're too afriad to use teens?

I just hope they get their attitudes right. The character Franco might play is not the hero type but actually rather crude & vile but with a witty smartass sense of humor even durring serious moments. So I hope they pull it off.

Chris Beveridge 2/11/2011 6:57:38 PM

trazalca, DiCaprio's production company is the one that owns the rights to it, hence he's an exec producer on it.

WarCry 2/12/2011 9:21:55 PM

 I don't give a damn about the actors. Show me the bike, dammit!

lusiphur 2/12/2011 10:39:28 PM

I think it might work.  If it were me, I'd cast younger.  But it's Hollywood.  Not sure how I feel about this being made for live action at all.  Doesn't seem to need it really.

doublerdiner 2/13/2011 12:14:08 AM

Perhaps I was too tired when I saw Akira...I just didn't enjoy it.  Maybe I should give it a second chance.  Until I do, I don't have any feelings at all about this movie.  So I should stop commenting.  :)

whiteandnerdy75 2/13/2011 12:19:50 AM

Anime and Manga = bad live action.  Stick with the animated movies... they're much better.  Or try and catch lightning in a bottle twice via 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World'... Good luck!

krathwardroid 2/13/2011 6:06:07 AM

So they are making this movie, then.

Tevii 2/14/2011 6:51:10 AM

Well he would make a better Kaneda than Zac Efron.

This is supposed to be based on the manga and not the anime, which are very different. The manga is much more epic and delves more into the post-apocaylptic world. If it's faithful to the manga, it will be amazing. I just have a feeling they will take too many liberties and create another Dragonball:Evolution.

Once the studios realize sticking to the original sourc.e material is the key (like they are FINALLY beginning to do with U.S. comic book based movies) then we will finally see soemthing worth seeing.

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