Latest Akira Casting News
Keanu Reeves has been added to the shortlist....
Akira's casting has created quite the buzz lately due to the "race bending " of its characters taking place, a term that originated from the casting debacle of The Last Airbender.
Akira, a Japanese anime film set in a futuristic and post-war city, Neo-Tokyo, in 2019. The film's plot focuses on Shotaro Kaneda, a biker gang member, as he tries to stop Tetsuo Shima from releasing Akira. The film became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation and film making in general. For and intents and purposes, this movie established the anime genre.
It is therefore inevitable for such film to have its Hollywood adaptation...and for fans to be weary of it. But in this instance, it has been the white washing of the main characters that has p*ssed people off.
The latest rumour courtesy of THR is that the latest big name in connection with the lead role is Keanu Reeves. Reeves has held talks with the studio for the part of Kaneda, the gang leader. Reeves doesn't yet have an offer for the role, but apparently talks with his reps have been going well.
Keanu Reeves joins the short list that already includes James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender and Zac Efron. If this is true, Hollywood once again shows that it does not have its finger on the pulse. Keanu Reeves maybe Eurisan (so not white) but he is far to old for the role of Kaneda! Either they have not looked at the source material, or they looking to drastically change the story from the source material - either of which is not good.
As we said in a previous article, it makes makes sense to have a diversified cast as the adaptation will be set in "neo-Manhatten" rather than Tokyo. But the leads can't all be white. We live in a multi cultural world, and so movies should reflect that. If there is one thing that the movie industry can show, it is its ability to change our perception (or reinforce them). So why not show the world as this multi cultural and diverse place, if only to promote integration.
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