?From the Hollywood Reporter:
Akira, the English-language, live-action take on the landmark
anime and manga property, is zeroing in on its star, and it just might
be Keanu Reeves.
Warner Bros. has been having a tough time finding the two leads of the movie, to be directed by Albert Hughes.
In the script, the action moves from Neon-Tokyo to New Manhattan, where
a biker gang leader tries to save his best friend from a medical
experiment that threatens to unleash destructive powers.
Actors ranging from James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Robert Pattinson and Michael Fassbender have circled the project in some form or fashion as the studio sought to find an A-list lead.
Now comes word that Reeves has held talks with the studio, with whom he already made the massively successful Matrix
movies, for the part of Kaneda, the gang leader. Reeves doesn’t yet
have an offer for the role, but we hear the talks with his reps have
been going well.
I’m going to pretend this isn’t real, but rather some kind of hallucination brought on by my current attempts to bludgeon myself to death with a gin bottle following today’s FFF. Which I will be resuming immediately.