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Kristen Stewart offered female lead in Akira remake

Kristen Stewart offered female lead in Akira remake In news that is almost guaranteed to rile fans of the original, Warner Brothers have reportedly approached Kristen Stewart to play the female lead in their upcoming remake of Akira. Stewart is in the frame to play Kei, a young medium who becomes the love interest for gang-leader Kanedo, the role offered to TRON: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund. via Tumblr.

In news that is almost guaranteed to rile fans of the original, Warner Brothers have reportedly approached Kristen Stewart to play the female lead in their upcoming remake of Akira. Stewart is in the frame to play Kei, a young medium who becomes the love interest for gang-leader Kaneda, the role offered to TRON: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund. K-Stew is the latest in a series of big-name stars to receive offers from the studio, with approaches also having been made to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter. At present, none have officially signed on to star. For those of you unfamiliar with the original manga, Akira is set in the dystopian future city of Neo Tokyo (or New Manhattan in the remake) and follows the endeavours of Kaneda to rescue his friend Tetsuo from the shadowy government types looking to harness his psychokinetic powers. The remake has been penned by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves and will be directed by Unknown’s Jaume Collet-Sera. Filming is set to begin in the spring with a view to a 2013 release date.

BREAKING: Kristen Stewart Offered Kei In AKIRA

by Todd Brown, November 15, 2011 12:36 PM

Has Jaume Collet-Sera’s Akira found its female lead? Twitch was the first to bring word of Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter and Garrett Hedlund being offered parts in the Warner Brothers backed US adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic manga and now we have learned that Kristen Stewart has been offered the part of Kei, a young medium who becomes the love interest for Kaneda - the role already offered to Hedlund. Stewart is a choice that makes sense on most levels - she’s certainly talented and has name recognition far above most in her generation - but also concerning in that none of the Twilight cast, Stewart included, have been able to find any sort of success outside of that franchise with Twilight fans not caring what any of them do elsewhere and everyone else generally staying away because of the Twilight stigma. Could this break the trend if Stewart accepts? Possibly - that it’s more of a support role than a lead will help - but it’s a somewhat risky move.

(Source: theartsyfilmblog.com)

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