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Twilight Star Kristen Stewart Offered Role of Kei in Akira

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been offered the female lead in Akira, Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering cyberpunk manga and anime, Twitch reports.

She would play Kei, a young revolutionary who becomes the love interest of carefree gang leader Kaneda during the search for his friend Tetsuo. Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean) previously had been rumored as a possibility for the role in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s film.

Serialized from 1982 to 1990, Akira is set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo  — it’s changed to New Manhattan for the U.S. movie — gripped by gang violence and anti-government terrorism. When Tetsuo, a young member of a biker gang, manifests telepathic powers, he draws the attention of the government, which fears he poses a threat.

Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is in negotiations to play Kaneda, while Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro)are rumored to have read for the role of Tetsuo. Offers have also gone out to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter, who would play the Colonel and Lady Miyako. Production is expected to begin on Akira in late February or early March.


  • Erikgalston

    i really wish she’d go away.  i’ve seen paper bags that can act better than she can. 

  • Scud

    This makes me want to puke.

  • Braunrodman

    jesus christ I hope this movie bombs worse than any movie ever has

  • Man Vs Twinkie

    So………… think they’ll also change the names of Akira, Kaneda, Tetsuo, and Kei to Alan, Ken, Tad, and Kaye?!? ;D

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  • Rashad Doucet

    i really wish they’d at least change the names of the characters. it’s terribly insulting.

  • Po

    Why are folks so angry about this? You know right off the bat that this is not Akira. Hollywood might be able to make something interesting based off Akira. I’d like to see some breathtaking visuals based of Akira. It could utterly bomb or just be really pretty to look at. Sheesh. Settle down fan boys!

  • Ryan

    Has anyone even seen any of her movies outside of Twilight? She’s not that bad. She just plays the same character in every movie, just like Michael Sera, and Scott Pilgrim was pretty good.

  • K8

    i dont want to live on this planet anymore

  • i_am_insane_beware

    So they’re changing the place from Neo-Tokyo to New Manhattan for the movie, but are keeping the Japanese names, even though the characters will be played by Americans… Makes perfect sense -___-