It's Confirmed: Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star in WB's 'Akira' Movie
And here we go. Earlier today it was reported by Twitch that Twilight, Into the Wild and Adventureland star Kristen Stewart had been offered the lead role of Kei in Warner Bros' upcoming live-action Akira movie, being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and now Deadline has confirmed that she is definitely in "advanced talks" for the role. Garrett Hedlund as we know is already in talks to play Kaneda, and Deadline says Gary Oldman is also set to play the Colonel (some of the better casting so far). Ezra Miller is in the running for Tetsuo, but no one else is confirmed yet. The cast is definitely shaping up, but will it turn out any good?
Warner Bros and Appian Way are developing Akira, which recently got the greenlight to finally start with Jaume Collet-Serra at the helm. Deadline mentions again that "the intention has been to make two films, each covering three books in the [Japanese manga] series," though I'm not sure if that's still the plan, but we can expect it is for now. Stewart, hot off her The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 premiere, is in the running for the role of Kei, a young revolutionary whom Kaneda meets and becomes enamored with on his quest to find Tetsuo. This is definitely intriguing casting, but I don't mind, and there's nothing I can say that will change it, and as long as she does a great job in the end. I'm still just hoping that Miller gets the Testuo role, at least that will give me something to look forward to with this. We'll continue to keep you updated.