Warner Bros. and director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) are currently in the process of casting their $90 million dollars budget live-action film adaptation of the classic Japanese anime, Akira. I've got mixed feeling on this movie, it's something I've always wanted to see done, but I want it to be done right. At this point I'm just not sure if it's got all the right elements to make it happen. I have my doubts with the director of the film, and the budget seems way to low to do it properly. I think it's safe to say that it's going to include a hell of a lot of green screen action like 300/Immortals style filmmaking. That could turn out to be either amazing or cheap.
It was previously reported that Tron Legacy star Gerrett Hudlund would be taking on the role of Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart has been offered the role of Ky Reed, a woman who is part of an underground movement to expose the government for turning orphans into living weapons. The next big role to be filled is for the character Tetsuo, who ends up getting these crazy insane violent psychokinetic powers.
Here's a list of actor's that will be reading for the role this next week...
D.J. Cotrona (the Detroit 1-8-7, Flint in G.I.Joe 2: Retaliation), Logan Marshal Green (Devil, Prometheus), Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla, War Horse), Richard Madden (Robb Stark in Game of Thrones), Rami Malek (The Pacific, 24, Twilight: Breaking Dawn—Part 2), and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire). Then there's Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens, There Will Be Blood) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) who are retesting.
This is a great group of young actors, but if I had to choose I'd like to see go to either Michael Pitt or Paul Dano. Both those actors have this insanely intense look and acting ability. Out of this group of actors, who would you like to see take on the role of Tetsuo?
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