It’s hard to get the stank taste of Twilight out of my mouth when speaking of Kristen Stewart, but it’s even more difficult to argue that she isn’t quite the little actress. I was charmed by her in Adventureland, she rocked as Joan Jett in the indie The Runaways, and hit the road in Sean Penn’s widely successful Into the Wild. Of the Twilight acting trio, she’s the only one I take seriously.
With that said, I welcome Stewart as a potential candidate for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Akira, which is finally to be directed by House of Wax and Orphan‘s Jaume Collet-Sera.
Twitch reports that Stewart has been offered the part of Kei, a young medium who becomes the love interest for Kaneda – the role already publicly offered to Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy).
Originally planned as a trilogy (and since abandoned), “Akira” originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.