Whoa! Keanu Reeves is in the running to Americanize Akira

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Jon Gutierrez
Dec 14, 2012

For some reason, Warner Bros. just can't seem to find actors who'll fit the upcoming Americanized movie of the classic manga series Akira. It's almost as if changing it from Neo-Tokyo to "New Manhattan" was some sort of ... mistake?

We've previously reported on a bunch of actors the studio was was considering to play the parts of futuristic teen bikers Tetsuo and Kaneda, including Zac Efron and James Franco, and more recently Robert Pattinson, Chris Pine and Justin Timberlake.

But according to The Hollywood Reporter, there's a new front-runner for Kaneda: Keanu Reeves. Reeves doesn't have a firm offer, so nothing's definite, but they're reporting that talks with Reeves' reps have "gone well."

Now there's no doubt that putting Reeves in the flick will get people to see it (and get other actors into the project), but it seems an odd choice to cast quiet mumbler Reeves to play a character who's best known for yelling "Tetsuo!" every five minutes. Also, 46-year-old Reeves is by the far the oldest actor they've considered, so if Hollywood is looking to get as far away from the original Kaneda's teenage biker character as possible, Reeves is the perfect choice. But then, he also has decades more experience playing young people than any of the other actors.

So do you think a Keanu Reeves Akira would be as awesome as The Matrix? Or as horrible as The Matrix Revolutions?

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