Akira News: As If Zac Efron Wasn’t Bad Enough…

Akira News: As If Zac Efron Wasn’t Bad Enough…

Mar 22, 2011

  • Forget all the rumors you heard about Zac Efron starring in the big screen adaptation of Akira. After a rewrite by Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves that reportedly has “studio brass excited,” the movie is set for an August start date with a short list of names up for the roles of Tetsuo and Kaneda that’ll raise eyebrows (and maybe even some anger and disgust in a few of you, too). For Tetsuo, a script has been handed to Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy. Five actors are being considered for Kaneda: Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. As if that group of non-Asian actors isn’t disappointing enough, plans are to split the series into two parts with each part covering three books. --Derrick Deane

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