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Akira Live-Action Film Apparently Casting All White Boys

As has been mentioned to me no fewer than 100 times now, the rumor is that the leads (Tetsuo and Kaneda) in the upcoming live-action Akira are being fished out to a bunch of white brunette actors.

I do wonder if they're going to keep with the "Neo-Manhattan" nonsense that was rumored for a while. And I also wonder what Otomo-san thinks about this. Still, it's not above Kodansha to Americanize Akira for a broader appeal. Not many people know this, but I learned from Jerry Beck himself (co-founder of Streamline) that Kodansha actually casted the original dub for the film release of Akira when it came to America.

Anyway, I really, really hope Justin Timberlake is Tetsuo, just so I can see him turn into a pile of goo.




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