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Tron Legacy star to sign on to Akira?

11.04.2011

Reports are coming in that TRON LEGACY star Garrett Hedlund is in talks to sign on as Kaneda in the long awaited AKIRA remake.

Katsuhiro Otomo's 1982 classic is rightfully known as one of the greatest anime films of all time, a trippy, scary distopian future combined with done truly entertaining cyberpunk body horror. It's the kind of property that's so big and so weird that animation seems the only way to do it justice, but this live-action remake has been in talks for years.

Now however it seems that Warner Bros. is rolling forward with Jaume Collet-Serra (UNKNOWN) directing from a script by screenwriter Steve Kloves (HARRY POTTER). Keanu Reeves has been thrown around to star as Kanesda for years but he's really too old for the role now, since the character is the young leader of a biker gang.

The budget has just been approved so the offers are going out. Hedlund's not the only actor that's been approched, but he's the only one that's shown interest. Other people approached for roles include Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman and Keira Knightley. Looking like a very white adaptation, isn't it? So much for Neo-Tokyo. 

What do you folks think- can you see Hedlund in the role?

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Source: Variety

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5:25AM on 11/07/2011

Change the title

If they really want to do this, they should lose the title and properly weternise it to make it relevant. Sure you can use some of the main concepts and ideas, but just make a unique movie - much as Departed was to Infernal Affairs.

I really don't know what the use is of using the Akira title - anyone who knows and loves the manga or the anime will not want to see a bastardised version, and the title will not mean anything to newcomers.
If they really want to do this, they should lose the title and properly weternise it to make it relevant. Sure you can use some of the main concepts and ideas, but just make a unique movie - much as Departed was to Infernal Affairs.

I really don't know what the use is of using the Akira title - anyone who knows and loves the manga or the anime will not want to see a bastardised version, and the title will not mean anything to newcomers.
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11:35PM on 11/06/2011

Yes!

Hedlund is a great actor. Anybody seen Death Sentence or Country Strong? Okay, Tron wasn't his best acting. It was a badly written character though. In those aforementioned movies- he's great! So I hope he does good things for Akira. Keep an open mind people.
Hedlund is a great actor. Anybody seen Death Sentence or Country Strong? Okay, Tron wasn't his best acting. It was a badly written character though. In those aforementioned movies- he's great! So I hope he does good things for Akira. Keep an open mind people.
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10:30PM on 11/06/2011
He has zero screen presence just watch Legacy....I can't believe people actually like him.
He has zero screen presence just watch Legacy....I can't believe people actually like him.
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6:01PM on 11/06/2011
fucking hate Hedlund
fucking hate Hedlund
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3:02PM on 11/06/2011
Enough outrage. This movie is happening, and you're crazy if you think Warner Bros. is investing all this money into a movie and using unknown Asian actors in the leads.

I'm not sure which, but I'm willing to bet that EITHER this or the Oldboy remake actually ends up being pretty awesome.
Enough outrage. This movie is happening, and you're crazy if you think Warner Bros. is investing all this money into a movie and using unknown Asian actors in the leads.

I'm not sure which, but I'm willing to bet that EITHER this or the Oldboy remake actually ends up being pretty awesome.
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2:16AM on 11/07/2011
I hope your right, they dropped the ball HARD with Dragonball.
I hope your right, they dropped the ball HARD with Dragonball.
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3:56AM on 11/06/2011
...project just doesn't translate to live action. A rarity. And leave it at that. Some movies are better left alone...this is one of them, no matter who is in it, directing, writing, etc etc.
...project just doesn't translate to live action. A rarity. And leave it at that. Some movies are better left alone...this is one of them, no matter who is in it, directing, writing, etc etc.
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5:23PM on 11/05/2011
Hedlund is a great actor. Hopefully this film can do some good, and the haters will end up enjoying it with some taste.
Hedlund is a great actor. Hopefully this film can do some good, and the haters will end up enjoying it with some taste.
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11:27AM on 11/05/2011
I've seen the anime several times. I still don't get it.
I've seen the anime several times. I still don't get it.
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7:50AM on 11/05/2011

what they're gonna be saying about this

"if you liked that dragon ball movie...".
"if you liked that dragon ball movie...".
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7:39AM on 11/05/2011
Agreed. Fuck this shit.They'll just take the bikes and the surface veneer and make something as souless as tron.
Agreed. Fuck this shit.They'll just take the bikes and the surface veneer and make something as souless as tron.
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4:55AM on 11/05/2011
Im prepared for thumbs down, but I think this sounds rad!!!
Im prepared for thumbs down, but I think this sounds rad!!!
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3:07AM on 11/05/2011

Akira?

Asa Akira?
Asa Akira?
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2:07AM on 11/05/2011
Asian?
Asian?
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8:06PM on 11/04/2011
Don't do it, Garrett. Don't do it. You're WAAAAAAAAY above this.
Don't do it, Garrett. Don't do it. You're WAAAAAAAAY above this.
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6:17PM on 11/04/2011
this day has been filled with really bad movie news
this day has been filled with really bad movie news
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5:08PM on 11/04/2011
Fuck this. All of it.
Fuck this. All of it.
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6:02PM on 11/04/2011
couldnt have said it better myself...
couldnt have said it better myself...
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4:48PM on 11/04/2011
A western cast really makes no sense for this (and why then would it still be called "Akira"?). Part of what makes the manga/anime work is that nuclear catastrophe is such a big part of Japanese collective-history post WWII. That's something that really doesn't "translate" to a white society. Granted, a lot of the characters act pretty western (Kaneda in red jacket = James Dean), but there's something deeper going on there too.

So basically this is just going to be some kind of action/sci-fi
A western cast really makes no sense for this (and why then would it still be called "Akira"?). Part of what makes the manga/anime work is that nuclear catastrophe is such a big part of Japanese collective-history post WWII. That's something that really doesn't "translate" to a white society. Granted, a lot of the characters act pretty western (Kaneda in red jacket = James Dean), but there's something deeper going on there too.

So basically this is just going to be some kind of action/sci-fi spectacle, and yeah, I don't see it making a lot of money.
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7:36PM on 11/04/2011
Im white and that happens to be one of my nicknames
Im white and that happens to be one of my nicknames
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4:38PM on 11/04/2011
Hedlund couldn't act his way out of a damp paper bag.
Hedlund couldn't act his way out of a damp paper bag.
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7:36PM on 11/04/2011
Why would anyone have to act their way out of a paper bag to begin with?
Why would anyone have to act their way out of a paper bag to begin with?
2:11AM on 11/05/2011
EdDangerous.. Hollywood is a crazy place.
EdDangerous.. Hollywood is a crazy place.
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4:11PM on 11/04/2011
Hedlund is the only part of this whole thing that I'm actually okay with, he's a likable actor.
Hedlund is the only part of this whole thing that I'm actually okay with, he's a likable actor.
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4:04PM on 11/04/2011
id like to see them get actors that arent only white in this. Is Di Caprio still producing or his company Appian way still producing this or what because if so they need to get this project in order and try and make this a good faithful adaptation!
id like to see them get actors that arent only white in this. Is Di Caprio still producing or his company Appian way still producing this or what because if so they need to get this project in order and try and make this a good faithful adaptation!
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4:00PM on 11/04/2011
Still don't see this getting done. There is no way Hollywood can make a successful film and stay true to the manga/anime. First of all, they are adapting a massive manga series. The anime didn't do the manga justice, and there's no way a film can do it justice. Second, this is very much a Japanese property. The only way to keep it true to it's source is to keep these aspects of it. I mean, it's called Akira. But again, if they change any of that, it won't be true to the source and if they keep
Still don't see this getting done. There is no way Hollywood can make a successful film and stay true to the manga/anime. First of all, they are adapting a massive manga series. The anime didn't do the manga justice, and there's no way a film can do it justice. Second, this is very much a Japanese property. The only way to keep it true to it's source is to keep these aspects of it. I mean, it's called Akira. But again, if they change any of that, it won't be true to the source and if they keep it the same, most American film goers won't be interested. Either way, in the hands of American filmmakers, I see this thing sinking like the Titanic.
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