Another high profile Hollywood project is being reported to have Chris Pine’s name on the short list of lead actors. This time Star Trek’s new Kirk is being talked about for the long-anticipated live action adaptation of the 1980s Akira manga comic. More details below.
Pine to live action Akira?
The popular 6 book manga series Akira was adapted into an animated film in 1988. Since then a live-action version has been talked about but things heated up late last year when it was reported Warner Bros. had tapped the Hughes brothers (Book of Eli) to helm the project. The new version of Akira is reportedly set in “a rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment." Today Deadline is reporting scripts have been sent out to a short list of actors for the two main leads:
I’m told that for Tetsuo, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy have been given the new script. For the role of Kaneda, the script has been given to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix.
According to Deadline the Akira film is scheduled to start shooting in August, which is also around when the Star Trek sequel is reported to be set to start film.
Here is the trailer for 1988 Akira animated film.
…and Daredevil too?
There is also a new reboot of Daredevil in development, and while they have no inside info, Blastr list Chris Pine as one of their choices as 10 actors who could make the new Daredevil swing.