Morgan Freeman Circling Colonel Role in ‘Akira’

While attempting to confirm the early reports that Zac Efron was offered the role of Shotaro Kaneda (the gang leader) in Allen and Albert Hughes’ Akira, we also discovered that Morgan Freeman (Seven) is circling the role of the Colonel in the Manga adaptation shooting next year. “Akira” originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war “New Tokyo” in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers. The gang’s leader must find a way to stop the ensuing swathe of destruction.