Thursday, November 17, 2011

"Akira" Remake Update: Ezra Miller Out; Kristen Stewart (Possibly) In

by Marc Saint-Cyr

The wheels of progress continue to turn on the Americanized remake of Katsuhiro Ohtomo's anime classic "Akira," with a fresh development emerging that will likely inspire more polarization amongst those keeping track of this project. Previously, it was reported that Ezra Miller, the young actor currently getting lots of attention with his role in Lynne Ramsay's big return to filmmaking, "We Need to Talk About Kevin," was in talks to join the cast of the new "Akira." However, in an exclusive report from Moviefone, Miller dispelled rumors by confirming that he would in fact NOT be appearing in the film. But it seems another actor may soon be joining the project: Kristen Stewart, the "Twilight" actress who is garnering much attention these days with the arrival of "Breaking Dawn: Part I" and the new trailer for her upcoming film "Snow White and the Huntsman" in theatres. She is apparently negotiating a place in the remake as the lead female character Jei. If this latest bit of casting were to go through, Stewart would be joining a cast that thus far consists of "Tetro"'s Alden Ehrenreich and may soon also include Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter - though those last two big names are currently still unconfirmed rumors. The "Akira" remake will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra ("Orphan," "Unknown") and is set to arrive sometime in 2013.

Many thanks to SciFi Mafia and Moviefone for the background info for this story.

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