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Kristen Stewart To AKIRA after TWILIGHT?

Kristen Stewart Akira Kei

The Twilight Saga’s Kristen Stewart might be traveling from rustic Forks, WA to futuristic New Manhattan as a love interest in the live-action adaptation of Manga/Anime comic, Akira.

Stewart has spent plenty of time in the spotlight as Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise and she’ll soon be seen on the big screen as a lead in Snow White and the Huntsman, but TwitchFilm brings word that she might soon step down into a supporting role as Kei in the US adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic Akira.

The film revolves around the leader of a biker gang named Kaneda (played by Garrett Hedlund) who must rescue his friend, Tetsuo, from a government installation that runs experiments on people to unlock psychokinetic abilities. Kei is a medium that becomes Kaneda’s love interest.

Stewart has already taken on two iconic roles so it will be interesting to see if she’s willing to take on a third one. She’s practically worshiped by dedicated legions of Twihards and fairy tale territory has been staked out with her role as Snow White. Will she be winning the Manga and Anime fans to her side next?

One deciding factor could be her costars. Stewart previously worked with Hedlund in the upcoming adaptation of On the Road, so that could be a factor in choosing to take on Akira or passing on it. Since On the Road hasn’t hit theaters yet, it’s impossible to know if the two have chemistry but it would be a definite plus if things work out that way.

Filming on Akira is expected to begin Spring 2012.

About Marty Shaw

Marty is a freelance writer who enjoys all things related to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror... with a strong interest in super heroes, too (just so they don't feel left out).

2 Comments

  1. Kacy Howe

    November 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I find it appalling that Hollywood is white-casting Asian roles and not even bothering to change the names. Kei, Kaneda, Tetsuo? Definitely sounds like Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund to me.

  2. InfiniteFruit

    November 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Haha, yeah. As sorry of an actress Kristen Stewart is, she’ll only make shambles of the role of Kei, a role she doesn’t even fit. The rest of the movie will slide down the porcelain pipe with her, just the way Twilight did. Shame, since Akira is a classic anime (and one of the only ones I’d ever watch again).
    Hell, -I’d- make a better Kei than she would, and I’m not even an actress. (Though I look the part, heh!)

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