Zac Efron to star in Akira film remake?

Hardcore fans of the Japanese animated film Akira may not want to continue reading. Well, you can, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

There is a rumour flying about that High School Musical hunk, Zac Efron, is due to star in a live-action remake of Akira, as the lead Kaneda.

Talk of the film being remade, which is considered by many to be the greatest Manga film ever made, has been going on for a couple of years now. In 2008 Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company, Appian Way were attached to it, with rumours that they would turn Katsuhiro Otomo‘s six volume comic into two features.

Now it is thought that the Hughes Brothers, who were behind The Book of Eli, will be bringing it to life. And it is believed that Children of Men writers, Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus, are developing a script.

We had heard rumours that the plot would be taken from Neo Tokyo to New Manhattan, so we were expecting an American cast. It’s looking likely that Morgan Freeman will play the part of the Colonel, but Zac Efron? We’re not sure how super fans are going to react to this? It’s a change enough that it’s being Americanised, but having the HSM star in the lead could be the death of the film before the film makers have even started work on it. What do you think?

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