Deadline is reporting that the script for the Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures live action adaptation of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume graphic novel Akira has been sent to an impressive short list of actors.
The picture is finally taking shape for an August start, following the delivery of a rewrite by Steve Kloves that has director Albert Hughes and the studio brass excited.
The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.
There are two major roles, with the site reporting 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.