Kristen Stewart offered Akira role

Kei in Akira

Akira - Japanese movie posterTwitch reports that Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been offered the leading female role of Kei in the live action remake of Akira.

Stewart would join director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown), and the cast that is said to include Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Gary Oldman as the Colonel and unknown roles for Helena Bonham-Carter and Keira Knightly. It beats Keanu Reeves, right? Right?

Akira is a story set against the dystopian future of Neo-Tokyo, where biker Tetsuo Shima’s emerging psychic powers threaten to release Akira, and he must be stopped by fellow biker Shotaro Kaneda.

The 1988 anime film was adapted from a 2182-page manga story, and was significantly altered and cut-down to make the feature length film we all know and love today. It is uncertain what path any live-action adaptation will take.

If you hear a long mournful sigh after reading this story, and its not you, look in our direction as we re-watch Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic film.