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Keanu Reeves To Star In Akira??

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Inneresting choice.

Keanu Reeves is just the latest name that's been thrown in the ring to star in the anime/manga project Akira.

Warner Bros. has considered all of Hollywood's hot young actors including James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Robert Pattinson to star in the film adaptation.

But, looks like Keanu is their main guy as he's already had talks with the studio to play the role of Tetsuo.

You know what? We actually like this casting choice. Keanu has proven to be a bankable star and he just has the right touch to be in this film.

What do U think of Keanu in Akira?

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21 comments to “Keanu Reeves To Star In Akira??”

  1. 1

    He does have a good look for the part but does he fit? NO! The characters are TEENAGERS! Who live in an Orphanage! What are they going to do, turn then into middle-aged surfer-dudes who live at rehab? hmm That might work actually… ;-) I wish they'd get Asian actors, teens, and do it right- according to the story. You change too much, you don't have Akira- if you don't have Akira, then name it something else and be done with it!

  2. 2

    Maybe as someone's father, but…. Come on!

  3. 3

    He always looks so stupid in pics! Duh!

  4. 4

    GOOD choice!

  5. 5

    Well none of these guy look like teenagers.

  6. 6

    But yeah, Keanu is too old for this role.

  7. 7

    I don't even….

  8. 8

    Come on Hollywood, this movie is suppose to be TEENAGE Japanese kids. Stop F'ing around with the white old men for the roles. Bad Choice… Whoa…

  9. 9

    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Best out the bunch.

    But he is supposed to be playing a teenage Asian?

  10. 10

    so everyone here would rather it was staring john cho or something? please

  11. 11

    Only asian actors should play those roles.. It's adapted from a MANGA/ANIME, asians could picture this a million ways better than "hot" young hollywood.. CHOOSE JAPANESE TEENAGE KIDS

  12. 12

    FINALLY! A live action "Akira" movie. I think Keanu is def too old for the role - Gordon would be perfect!

  13. 13

    This I actually wouldn't really mind, though if only he was a bit younger…

  14. Alsi says – reply to this


    you mean to tell me they can't find any asian actors closer to the age of the characters that can play those role? in this big country not one asian actor…. that movie will already have a built in audience. they don't really need a big name. if they are already making this kinds of changes then name it something else.

  15. 15

    I think the movie is already doomed. The characters are supposed to be teenagers. Besides, there's no way Keanu can pull off Tetsuo's descent into insanity.

  16. 16

    keanu is ,my all time favorite i even yelled to him once and he said something back
    however leo is taking over the sci fi roles i havent seen keanu do anything in ages
    is he going to do more films or end up doing a joaquim

    note slobbery is cute in 20s 30s 40s but not cute in 45s 50s from then on ur just a slob,,

  17. 17

    I really loved AKIRA. Can't image making a movie with the same climate. Although Keanu is a great choice. He has proved many times he is exceptional in climatic sci-fi pictures.

  18. 18

    Keanu would be a damn fine choice.

  19. 19

    A good choice?!?!?! Are you Nuts? Since when is casting a 46 year old Canadian to play a Japanese teenager a good choice?

  20. 20

    Re: Zja Zja – Why finally? They should just leave it as it is, an anime. It's laughable they want to make a live-action film out of it, especially since it's no longer set in Neo Tokio and they're casting non-teenage hollywood hearthrobs. Why even bother calling it Akira? And I don't think they want him to play Tetsuo but Kaneda.

  21. 21

    Re: poorlittlerichiegirl – Are you seriously saying that he is the only Asian actor you know? Please indeed.