Robert Pattinson and Andrew Garfield Race for 'Akira' Role

Tue, 22 March 2011 03:52:42 ET

Robert Pattinson and Andrew Garfield Race for 'Akira' Role
The two actors, along with James McAvoy, are listed as candidates to play Tetsuo in the movie, while Garrett Hedlund, Chris Pine, and Justin Timberlake are also considered to play Shotaro Kaneda.
Warner Bros. Pictures eyes a number of A-list stars to join "". Deadline learns that , and are the candidates to play the antagonist character, Tetsuo. , , , and are said being considered for the role of Shotaro Kaneda.

The studio reportedly is focusing on the list after Steve Kloves writes a new script that has impressed director Albert Hughes and the studio execs. The movie will reportedly be set in the rebuilt New Manhattan rather than in Tokyo as in the original story of Katsuhiro Otomo's graphic novel.

Tetsuo and Kaneda are two best friends before Tetsuo is unhinged by his destructive telepathic abilities. As the only person who can hurt Tetsuo, Kaneda, the young leader of a motorcycle gang called The Capsules, has to lead the charge against Tetsuo.

"Akira" is projected to start production in August. Andrew Lazar, and Jennifer Davisson Killoran team up to produce the movie, which has been one of Warner Bros' high priority projects, so Deadline says.

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