Wednesday, March 23

Live Action Akira male leads is shortlisted...and Justin Timberlake?


Looks like the script is done and list of actors were released few days ago. Let's breathe slowly yes? Here it comes...

For Kaneda role: Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix.

Justin Timberlake?! Ouch. Other than acting as Napster founder in Social Network, I am not too sure if he can carry the role. Joaquin Phoenix inspires more confidence from me, he has the intensity and seriousness about him. Plus, his role as Commodus in Gladiator (2000) is awesome. Pine is also an interesting choice, considering I enjoyed his Captain Kirk immensely in last Star Trek movie. No comment on Fassbender or Hedlund though.

Now Tetsuo... Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy.

I am kinda okay with James McAvoy and I do enjoy his acting, but let's see the rest. Pattinson...yeah...that Twlight guy. Horrors. No shiny chest and emo stalking please! I am ambivalent about Garfield, I only seen him in Social Network so far. But hey, he is new Spidey by the way!

The studio was prioritizing this adaptation since they paid quite a sum to Kodansha. They got Harry Potter writer to work on the script which the director (Book of Eli director) and studio excited enough to push the project. I will still watch it but I going in the cinema, tabula rasa style. Not going to compare it with original material. I hope it will not suck like Godzilla.


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