Though recent rumors have sounded the death-knell for Warner Bros’ live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal manga, “Akira,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn’t ready to say die.
“You never know,” said the “500 Days of Summer” star with a coy smile when asked if the project was truly dead. Though not quite a confirmation of anything, it’s a far-cry from his comments last year which didn’t acknowledge any connection to the project whatsoever.
“Akira”, which ran for almost ten years in a serialized format, was famously adapted in 1988 as a feature-length anime, one of the first to have a major impact in the US. News hit last year that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, was working on a live-action version to be split between two different films. Gordon-Levitt was rumored to star as Tetsuo, the best friend of the main character, Kaneda, who, after an accident, manifests incredible, godlike, psychic abilities and becomes the story’s chief antagonist.
Though it was rumored for some time that DiCaprio himself might step into Kaneda’s motorcycle boots, the “Titanic” star later made it clear that his only interest was in producing and recent rumors suggest that even that may not happen. Bloody Digusting reported recently that, according to anonymous (and unofficial) sources, director Ruairi Robinson is off the project and that it is, for all intents and purposes, completely dead. Let’s hope that Gordon-Levitt's response points to more than just wishful thinking.
How do you feel about JGL as Tetsuo? Who fits into your dream casting? Share your picks below!