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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