If you're worried about Keanu Reeves ruining Akira, you can stop

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Jon Gutierrez
Dec 14, 2012

If you're one of the many people who were concerned that 46-year-old Keanu Reeves might be a bad choice to play the lead in the Americanized remake of the Japanese epic Akira, you can finally relax—because Reeves has passed on the role.

Reeves is only the latest in a long string of contenders for the role of troubled teen biker Kaneda. Other candidates include Zac Efron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Justin Timberlake and Michael Fassbender.

When we last wrote about Reeves being up for the part, talks with Reeves' representatives were described as having "gone well" by The Hollywood Reporter.

But while losing the front-runner for the lead role is pretty bad, it's not the only bump in the road for the reported $140 million production, as Warner Bros. has also shut down the movie's pre-viz department. In a statement, Warner Bros. denied the shutdown was a problem, saying:

"Production on 'Akira' has not halted or been shut down, as the film has not yet been greenlit and is still very much in the development stage. The exploratory process is crucial to a project of this magnitude, and we will continue to sculpt our approach to making the best possible film."

So what do you think? Would "the best possible film" have included Reeves or not?

(via JoBlo)

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