Live-Action Akira casts it’s Kaneda

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It has now been officially confirmed that one of the many rumoured actors tapped to play the role of Kaneda in the Hollywood adaptation of Akira has been cast, that actor being Tron: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund.

Hedlund may still be an up and coming star, but he does bare a striking resemblance to Kaneda. You could say he is what Kaneda would look like if he were from New Manhattan and not Neo Tokyo, which is exactly what he is meant to be.

No other details on the film have come to light as of yet, but with all the buzz surrounding this polarizing forthcoming adaptation, we are sure to hear more details soon.

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  • Cellophane Girl

    I really don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. I have a feeling they are going to screw it up horribly somehow.

    • Luke Halliday

      Well there is a few warning signs, aka. Neo Tokyo -> New Manhattan…

      • Cellophane Girl

        UGH. I know. They are trying to “Americanize it”

        Akira is an anime classic. They shouldn’t touch it at all, ESPECIALLY to do a live action movie.

    • Claire Phillips

      You only have to look at the Dragonball live action film to see what ‘whitewashing’ an anime does *shudder*

      The director attached to it did that Liam Neeson film Unkown (haven’t seen) and Orphan, which I have seen, and was hysterical for all the wrong reasons given that it was supposed to be a horror.

      Warning signs indeed!

      • Cellophane Girl

        Oh god! That failed abortion of a movie. :: shudders ::

        I watched one trailer, laughed really hard, and then shed a tear for anyone unfortunate enough to have any ties to that movie, and that includes watching the movie.

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