Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy are reportedly under consideration for the lead role in a new movie, “Akira,” based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s six volume graphic novel.
The picture is a high-priority item for Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures, which paid manga publisher Kodansha seven figures for the rights to the material two years go, according to Deadline.com.
Rob and crew are up for the role of Kaneda while Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. have been sent the script for the second lead.
The movie has some A-List Hollywood power behind it. Andrew Lazar is producing with Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, the Web site reports.
The idea is to make two films, each covering three books in the series.
Akira was first adapted for the screen in 1988.
Pattinson is on the road promoting his latest film “Water for Elephants,” with Reese Witherspoon and Christolph Waltz.
It’s hard to see how that film will be a loser, since it’s set in a circus and has great animal acts.
Rob is also filming the final two films in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and Part 2, with Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast.
“Akira” is set 2019 in a post-war city called Neo-Tokyo in Japan, gripped by political strife, anti-government terrorism and gang violence
Shotaro Kaneda is a biker gang member, who tries to stop best friend Tetsuo Shima from releasing Akira, a youth who possesses super powers, but is locked in a cryonic chamber.
The animated 1988 version of the series became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation.
The new film would be Americanized and based in “New Manhattan.” The picture is expected to start shooting in August, according to Deadline.