Ezra Miller Up for Tetsuo + Casting for Roland Emmerich's New Sci-Fi
There were a few new casting updates to hit last night thanks to THR, as they posted a huge article talking about a large number of screen tests and other try outs happening around Hollywood for major projects in the works. A few of the names in particular stood out, like We Need to Talk About Kevin's young lead Ezra Miller being the top contender for the dark role of Tetsuo in Warner Bros' live-action Akira, which just got Garrett Hedlund for Kaneda. Beyond that, there's also some new details and intriguing casting potentials for Roland Emmerich's new sci-fi project Singularity, which is aiming for an unknown lead actor. Read on!
First things first, I didn't even think about him before at all, but Ezra Miller (also seen in Afterschool, City Island, Beware the Gonzo, Another Happy Day) is PERFECT for Tetsuo. I've seen We Need to Talk About Kevin and he plays a character who is very dark, very unsettling, and you get that sense just by looking at him, or by the way he looks at you. Truly a perfect fit for Tetsuo, whom eventually descends into madness and insanity once he begins to control his powers. THR states that Miller is one of the names "surfacing most often" while trying out for the character, along with Alden Eherenreich (as seen in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro and Twixt). I really think Miller would be perfect and I hope director Jaume Collet-Serra chooses him for Tetsuo, that's really the best they way could go for this live-action take on the anime classic.
The other project that caught my attention is Roland Emmerich's big new sci-fi Singularity set for 2013, which has been in the works for a little while, but no details have been revealed on what it's even about (until now). THR states that Singularity is a "sci-fi extravaganza" about a boy named Adam, whose body is made up a swarm of nanobots, "giving him all sorts of power." This almost sounds like Akira, but with a nanobots kid instead of someone with mind powers. Top contenders reading for the role are: Luke Grimes ("Brothers & Sisters", Shit Year), Logan Marshall Green ("Dark Blue", Brooklyn's Finest, Prometheus), Julian Morris (Sorority Row, Privileged, "My Generation", "Pretty Little Liars") and Thomas McDonell (Prom, Dark Shadows), plus Ben Barnes and Luke Bracey (both being considered but haven't tested).
Between these two and the many others they've listed in THR, there's some interesting projects in the works in Hollywood. And I love that studios, even major Hollywood studios casting for big tentpole sci-fi projects, have started to consider little-to-unknown actors that happen to be extremely talented and on the verge of breaking out. That certainly seems to be a trend recently, with Star Trek and Inception and so on. I prefer to throw my weight behind Ezra Miller, as I truly believe he'd be perfect, let's hope he gets the role. We'll keep you updated on casting news no matter where it's coming from or who ends up getting the role. Stay tuned!