Kristen Stewart offered female lead in Akira

Twilight star could play Kei...

In news that is almost guaranteed to rile fans of the original, Warner Brothers have reportedly approached Kristen Stewart to play the female lead in their upcoming remake of Akira.

Stewart is in the frame to play Kei, a young medium who becomes the love interest for gang-leader Kaneda, the role offered to TRON: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund.

K-Stew is the latest in a series of big-name stars to receive offers from the studio, with approaches also having been made to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter. At present, none have officially signed on to star.

For those of you unfamiliar with the original manga, Akira is set in the dystopian future city of Neo Tokyo (or New Manhattan in the remake) and follows the endeavours of Kaneda to rescue his friend Tetsuo from the shadowy government types looking to harness his psychokinetic powers.

The remake has been penned by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves and will be directed by Unknown’s Jaume Collet-Sera. Filming is set to begin in the spring with a view to a 2013 release date.

Is K-Stew a good fit for Akira, or is the whole thing a terrible idea? Tell us what you think.

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 16th 2011, 9:05

      Warner Brothers are trolling HARD.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Nov 16th 2011, 9:24

      I'm getting so tired of people's names being shortened to something a 13 year old would say. Not having a pop at T-fil or anything just saying.... it f*****g bugs me that everyone has to shorten everything.

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    • gwales

      Nov 16th 2011, 9:48

      T-Fil... I like it.

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    • FBLRumbolt

      Nov 16th 2011, 10:46

      This is such a bad idea.. Oh and it's Kaneda. Why do we have to have this Americanisation of everything? Kristen Stewart... Jesus Christ what a bad bad choice. I really don't have a problem with Hollywood remaking something but atleast have some respect for the culture of the piece. Is there no Japanese Americans that could play some of these parts? Garrett Hedlund? I don't want to wish ill on this project because I would love to see a big expensive live action version of Akira but this, I have a bad feeling about it.

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    • deedeedragons

      Nov 16th 2011, 10:58

      2 things: A LOT of photoshop going on with that picture & Bella Goose is the last person i'd ever choose!

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    • BogdanZ

      Nov 16th 2011, 11:56

      it gets even more disastrous...

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    • MikeyRix

      Nov 16th 2011, 12:19

      I've never seen "Akira", but WHAT ARE THEY DOING. Hedlund? Stewart? I won't tell my man (who HAS seen "Akira" and bloody loves it) then...he might have an aneurysm (sp?)

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    • Aberskene

      Nov 16th 2011, 12:38

      WTF C-Woo! Just LOL along with the rest of us m8. ;)

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    • ChrisWootton

      Nov 16th 2011, 13:04

      LOL Ab-sken ditto wif dat

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    • FBJHorton

      Nov 16th 2011, 13:50

      What the hell? Really? They are picking "K-Stew" because she's the in thing right now but only with twilight fans. The majority of Twilight Fans will have no idea what Akira is. Surely making a live-action version of Akira you should be aiming your casting at the original fanbase. Just because you cast Kirsten doesn't mean your guaranteed her fans. I really wish the big studios would hire someone to knock some sense into them, they'd make a load of money if they had an actual Akira fan as a producer, do it right and you'll please the fanbase of the original do it wrong and you face a boycott. Surely this is just comon sense ...

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    • FBAVitas

      Nov 16th 2011, 22:39

      srsly after all of those comments and jokes, how can anybody offer her anything?!

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    • FBAVitas

      Nov 16th 2011, 23:01

      @dalidab1982 did u seee any of >@dalidab1982< this going on? sry, that was not a response to your comment, it was a rhetorical question to show what i think as well as u have shown what u think ;)

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    • willow138

      Nov 17th 2011, 0:26

      Hasn't "R-Patz" (sorry couldnt resist) been rumored to be in it too? I could have sworn i read that on this site before. Probably about to come across unwillingly racist when really it is just my stupidity but, Dante Basco would be an amazing actor for this film but I'm not sure he is Japanese or not. But surely orient base race actors would still be better than Caucasian

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    • willow138

      Nov 17th 2011, 20:14

      no im not hun i think it was on this site that i read it to. him and Zac Effron

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    • writerdave87

      Nov 17th 2011, 22:15

      Please for the last time it's DOES. Not DO'S.

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    • willow138

      Nov 18th 2011, 5:26

      Rob doesn't take himself seriously. He is always joking about in interviews. I admit he is not the best actor but as a person he seems quite down to earth and funny

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    • alexr

      Nov 21st 2011, 15:30

      As a Twilight semi-fan (I like the concept, hate the schmaltzy-lovey-dovey c**p) I will be the first to admit that as an actress, Kristen Stewart (I refuse to use c**p abbreviations) has hardly been taxed very much in the role of Bella - although this is more down to a narrow, bland character and bad writing (book AND screenplay). However, having seen her in Panic Room and The Runaways, I believe she has the POTENTIAL to deliver a great performance - given the right subject matter. As far as casting for Akira goes, I think respect has to be given to the source material from both the producers and the fans alike. The producers should take notice of the aspects of the source material that the fans love, but fans should have faith that the source material will be able to transcend fundamental changes to setting and racial weighting if that's what it takes to get the film made. I'm not saying I's like to see a Western set in Britain, or a Bollywood movie set in the Arctic Circle, but personally, I would love to see what Hollywood does with things like Akira - even if it means shooting with an entirely caucasion cast. If the film is s**te (fully possible, and more than likely probable) then fanboys (and girls) have a justification for saying "I told you so". Anyway, perhaps in the post-9/11 world - New (York) Manhattan is a more apt setting for a story like Akira than even Neo-Tokyo?

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    • alexr

      Nov 21st 2011, 15:32

      I am also aware that my name is a 'c**p abbreviation' - I was drunk/high/depressed (delete as appropriate) and didn't care as long as I couold get on the site and complain about something someone said. Three guesses who...

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