Kristen Stewart for anime remake

2011-11-16 21:39
Los Angeles - Kristen Stewart has been approached to take on the main female role in the reimagining of Akira.

The live action adaptation of the iconic manga comic is set to start shooting in March following a script rewrite by Steve Kloves and bosses have offered the Twilight: Saga beauty the part of Kei, a young medium who becomes the love interest for the main character, teen biker gang member Kaneda, TwitchFilm reports.

The original story - focusing on Kaneda and his friend Tetsuo (who has yet to be cast) - was set in post-nuclear war Tokyo in 2019 while the new movie is expected to take place in New York.

Two films

Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy and Kristen's boyfriend and Twilight: Saga co-star Robert Pattinson have all been approached for the role of Tetsuo - who is saved from a medical experiment by his friend.

While screenwriter Kloves wrote the latest draft of the script, Albert Torres, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta have all previously worked on the project.

Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is working on the $300m project for Warner Brothers with Allen and Albert Hughes directing.

The intention is to make two films, each covering three books in the six-part series.

An animated version of Akira has already been made, released in Japan in 1988.