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Keanu Reeves To Play Kaneda in 'Akira' Adaptation?

The casting circus that is the Albert Hughes PG-13 film adaptation of the landmark anime Akira may be close to landing it’s Kaneda. Yes, that’s been several times before with actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Fassbender circling the role, but this time, Warner Bros. may have found it’s man, though no formal offer has been made.

Keanu Reeves, who starred in Warner Bros.’ mega-successful Matrix trilogy has reportedly had talks with the studio for the role of Kaneda.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Hughes Bros. version will move the action from Neon-Tokyo to New Manhattan where, “a biker gang leader tries to save his best friend from a medical experiment that threatens to unleash destructive powers.”
Reeves will star in another famous Japanese adaptation with next year’s 47 Ronin, a story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master.
Keanu’s age may be an issue (in the anime Kaneda is a teenage delinquent) and the actor has been involved in getting Bill and Ted 3 into production, so only time will tell if he gets this role. That been said, judging from our previous casting reports, we know there’s a lot of Akira fans out there. What are your thoughts on this latest piece of casting news?
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