Wait, No, They Want THIS Guy to Star in Akira

Posted by Michael Sacco on Feb 12, 2011 in Animation, Cinema, Comic Books |

James Franco

We had heard a rumor several months back that the forces behind the American live-action Akira remake wanted Zac Efron, of all people, to star as Kaneda. It’s bad enough that they’re remaking Akira with no Japanese people, but Zac Efron? Let’s get real, people. Apparently the original rumor was or is now false, because the newest rumor says that James Franco is being courted for the role of Tetsuo’s biker pal. Well, it’s better than Zac Efron, and dude looks good in a leather jacket, though, you know, still not an Asian person. Maybe we can hope for a sequel, Akira 2: Tokyo Drift.

Michael Sacco is a freelance editor and writer, currently working as senior editor at WoW Insider.


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