Keanu Reeves In Talks To Lead An Asian Gang In ‘Akira’

Friday, May 6 by

Akira appears to be narrowing its search for a lead, and it looks like that role might skew a little older than originally thought, with Keanu Reeves in discussions to star as Kaneda, the gang leader. He is in talks with Warner Bros. after the studio had contemplated youngsters such as James Franco, (shudder) Robert Pattinson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Michael Fassbender.

While the talks aren’t far along, Reeves has demonstrated he can carry a big-budget franchise with The Matrix trilogy, so his involvement could give the film weight enough to find another A-lister for the role of Tetsuo, Kaneda’s best friend. Keanu is now wrapping up the samurai film 47 Ronin, so perhaps the studio wanted to catch him while he was still in a Japanese state of mind. Because once those sword skills fade, they’re gone for good. (THR)

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  1. May 6, 2011 11:55 am


    don’t tell george takei

  2. May 6, 2011 11:55 am


    Casting Kaneda would be far easier than casting Tetsuo as it’s the latter whose character is much more complex evolving from a drip to emotionally tortured and finally into ego tripper. Kaneda is “same guy every day of the week” character so Keanu is an “ok” choice. Not easy especially if they go with the youthful spirit of the original.

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