It's Confirmed: Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star in WB's 'Akira' Movie

November 16, 2011
Source: Deadline

Kristen Stewart / Akira

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.

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Reader Feedback - 37 Comments


it's official. the slightest desire i had left to watch this is gone.

Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011


I amazed you even had a desire at all at one point.

Josh Taylor on Nov 16, 2011


aaaaaaaaaaand ruined..... thank you Kristen Stewart, thank you

Armeetapus16 on Nov 16, 2011


Don't blame her, the more we read about it the more doomed it was from the get go.

Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011


well fuck

Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011


its gonna be like the dragon ball or tekken movie. I could really care less who the actors are, the director is the one who makes the movie. Jaume Collet-Serra just isn't cut out for this project, and to be frank no one short of James Cameron really is...

Chad on Nov 16, 2011


Cameron? So we will get a Japanese version of Ferngully?

Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011


the bitching and moaning has already begun. Stay home then.

Frightened Inmate #2 on Nov 16, 2011


This is what's going to happen:

Obi-wan on Nov 16, 2011


Doesn't Kei get killed towards they end? I wouldn't mind watching Kristen Stewart die..

Timnimbus on Nov 16, 2011


No, that was Kaori. If we're lucky, she'll be played by Lindsay Lohan, and we'll at least get to watch that waste die.

Elinye on Nov 16, 2011


really? white washing akira. what else is new.

lake on Nov 16, 2011


Kinda late there. Its been done.

Xerxexx on Nov 16, 2011


I honestly think this is nothing compared to Hedlund being cast as Kaneda. Thats just TERRIBLE.

Ryan on Nov 16, 2011


this movie is getting shitter by the minute,put her in it & you've just put another turd to the ever increasing pile of shit.

AKIRA on Nov 16, 2011


Why is it that lousy actors, who are even hated, get leading roles and more work? This woman just plain sucks as an actress, yet, hollywood is now making her a star for some reason.

What on Nov 16, 2011


Because of millions of Twilight Fans who really love Richard Patterson (Edward Cullen) and the sexy Taylor Lautner (Jacob), Warner Bros decided to have Kristen Stewart to be the lead and thinking those "millions of fans" will go see this. Retards! Warner Bros is clearly not thinking through this!

Jedibilly on Nov 16, 2011


I remember when Stewart had fans...then she did Twilight and she is extremely famous...but she's never gonna be able to live down her Twilight fame...on one hand she is known the world over as Bella...on the other hand...she is known the world over as Bella.

Xerxexx on Nov 16, 2011


...and for those of us with three hands she is also known as that little boy from Panic Room.

Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011


I remember her in "Speak" she was fantastic playing a freshman that got raped by an older student.

Xerxexx on Nov 16, 2011


Only thing I seen her in beside Panic room and Twihard is Adventureland... and she was pretty good in that one.

Anonymous on Nov 19, 2011


She's the antithesis to Will Ferrell.  He's the same kind of funny in every movie he does.  She's the same kind of boring in every movie she does.

Cody on Nov 16, 2011


On the contrary, I think in order for Hollywood to bring Akira to American audience, the story needs to be reworked into American sensibility. No kaneda, no Tetsuo as names. Maybe Josh, or Jake, is more like it. What is the most successful kungfu movie in American market? Not RUMBLE IN THE BRONX, not HERO. But, that's right, THE MATRIX.

Gragor on Nov 16, 2011


I thought The Matrix was just another Hollywood message movie (internet = wasting your life) mixed in with wannabe-hacker hipster shtick, and wannabe chop socky. Kinda like Swordfish (bad guys never win BS) wannabe-hacker hipster shtick and wannabe cool spy... and a blowjob.

Anonymous on Nov 16, 2011


Kirsten is a very pretty girl. But I feel that she doesn't like to be the It Girl of Hollywood. She understands she needs to play the game (star in highly popular soap opera), in order to get better roles and survive Hollywood. You could clearly see in those premiere photos she kinda tired of the whole Twilight publicity. The other two male actors seem to handle it pretty well tho. Poor girl.

Gragor on Nov 16, 2011


Csullivan1980 on Nov 16, 2011


How does she keep getting roles?

joshp on Nov 16, 2011


Wow! WB is hell bent on making a companion to their Green Lantern film. They should start a division up and call it the Roger Corman Project: We make cheap crappy films. 

Kyle Robinson on Nov 16, 2011


(*&$(#&(*&#%(*^&(@&($#@&$(&$#$&)(&%#&*^$#$&@(*^#@($^(@#^ I really hate the world sometimes.

David Kinskey-Lebeda on Nov 16, 2011


this is getting from worst to horrifuckable 

Truong18 on Nov 16, 2011


It's official. I don't want to live on this planet anymore. 

Elinye on Nov 16, 2011


I think it's time we relocated the Occupy movement to WB studios.

OccupyWB on Nov 16, 2011


Ok, and to think I was hoping that hollywood had just realized that there is no good movie based on a manga yet and was about to change that. But seriously I have (almost) nothing against Stewart, but the so f**ked up. I just keep thinking, what if Christopher Nolan did this movie? 

Mike Mor840 on Nov 16, 2011


The film is so whitewashed they should just change the name from AKIRA to ERICA.

nate on Nov 16, 2011


She'd be better as Takashi, sad, brooding and very few actual lines. Maybe she could shake her head a few times for emphasis.

Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011


Please cast her as someone who dies. I would very much like to see her die a horribly gruesome death.

Angeldragon1691 on Jan 29, 2012


I hope this turns out epic. Cause I would love to see a Gundam or Voltron movie for that matter. Has anyone heard any progress on the following animes supposedly in the works for a live action feature film? Akira, Bleach, Cowboy Bebop, Ninja Scroll, Ghost in the Shell I would love to see any on that list made. Its like an anime geeks wet dream. Most of that list have gotten me addicted to anime and plays a influential role for anyone that loves original story telling that makes you crave something new for some imagination. Hey Ben or Alex!? Give us more anime updates please!!

timnimbus on Jan 29, 2013

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