George Takei Urges WB to “Do the Right Thing” With Akira Remake

Posted by Michael Sacco on Apr 23, 2011 in Cinema |

George Takei

So it’s not just me, then? Even George Takei thinks whitewashing the cast of Akira for the planned US live-action remake is a bad idea? That’s what he tells The Advocate in a recent interview, saying that the film is destined to flop just like The Last Airbender did if it ignores the importance of Japanese culture and history in the story and use all white actors. Takei, a longtime human rights advocate, is probably right; not only would closely following the original film’s Asian characters show respect for the property, it would also do what an all-American cast couldn’t — attract the original film’s fans along with the summer popcorn crowd.

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


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