According to Acting Auditions, which is a employment source for actors and actresses in the USA, there are some changes to the original plot of the Akira story as well as some quite interesting casting choices. However, as everyone should note, the casting information is unproven. But still, Acting Auditions is a very respected place.
The announced roles and their respective actors are:
Kristen Stewart as Ky
Garret Hedlund as Kaneda
Helena Bonham-Carter as Lady Miyako
Ken Watanabe as The Colonel
I have to say that this information is just the current fashion in the anime and manga circles. My own opinion is that, at least when it comes to the casting, this is not the real and final list but rather a most-money-making one (Helena-Bonham Carter and Kristen Steward? This will definitely get the attention of the teenage girls, boys and all the crazies who admire Tim Burton and his beloved one). What I am doubting is the funds that the project needs to have in order to get the signs of some of the actresses noted above. Also, the Internet Movie Database has listed Steward and Bonham-Carter as “rumoured” while the two boys are fully there. (Means at least the males in this list are definite)
Also… a crazy-looking Caucasian as “Miyako” and a blond-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian as “Kaneda”? This makes no sense… They don’t even have an ounce of Asian in them! In my opinion, this is a big blunder, after all, how would someone have an Asian name when they don’t have at least the slightest resemblance to one such? I think the names should have been changed, like it has been done in the past with various book and other types of adaptations.
Now, to the plot:
Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.
Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.
Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.
What can I say… it sounds like some fluff-filled blabbering. Honestly. I think the website has been creating plots itself, basing them on their very own knowledge of the anime movie Akira. I don’t believe this could be any kind of a plot or scenario… in any way. It sounds vague, so vague that it doesn’t have a catch-phrase and every movie needs one.
However, I will be honest, I am still hopeful. I know Hollywood can make great movies. I know a Japanese adaptation won’t be as great, but it might be a reasonably well made adaptation. Making a detailed depiction of the manga is impossible, so we just need to wait and see with our own eyes what it’s like… or at least an official website with information and plot to ascertain the situation.
Source: Anime News Network
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