The news that Zac Efron has been offered the lead in the Hughe Brothers adaptation of Akira is single-handedly responsible for the stock of asthma medicine shooting through the roof. That is to say, chubby basement dwellers are PISSED. But when you stop and think about it, he’ll make perfect sense in the role. I’ve never seen a person who looks more like they leapt from the pages of anime in my life. I’d be shocked if a gigantic sweat drop didn’t bead on his forehead when he’s feeling trepidatious.
That said, more casting was announced that didn’t make much sense. It was revealed today that Morgan Freeman is circling the role of the Colonel. Which makes so so so little sense. That role is Chuck Liddell’s for the taking. That would be like offering Sean Connery Professor X, or not offering Morgan Freeman Nelson Mandela. At any rate, we’re still very early in the casting process so it’s likely these plans will change in favor of those that make some g.d. sense. (via /Film and Bloody Disgusting)