A reported casting call for an unnamed Warner Bros. film may reveal the character descriptions for Taika Waititi's live-action Akira adaptation.
Backstage revealed the casting call for a movie titled "Warner Bros. 'Box 28'," with its production description stating a casting for "an untitled Warner Bros. live action film." Below the production description are nine roles looking for male and female actors to play either Japanese or Asian, English-speaking.
While that isn't enough to confirm this is indeed a casting call for Akira, the character descriptions may have clues connecting each role to a character from the original 1985 anime, particularly the first two. The casting call for Jun is looking for an Asian male lead, age 18-24 and "the leader of a street gang of teenagers & knows how to have a good time." This description is similar to Shotaro Kaneda, the leader of The Capsules.
The second casting call is for Koichi, an Asian male lead, age 18-24 who is "forced to punch up in order to survive." That description may be for Tetsuo Shima, who has an inferiority complex and tense relationship with Kaneda. However, we'll have to wait until an official confirmation is made to know if the speculation turns out to be true or false.
Akira has been in various stages of development for years. Much like the recently released Alita: Battle Angel, Akira was first acquired by Warner Bros. in 2002. Several writers and directors have been attached to the project, including such names as Stephen Norrington, Ruairi Robinson, Allen and Albert Hughes, George Miller, Christopher Nolan, Jaume Collet-Serra and Justin Lin. Jordan Peele was offered the project at one point. However, it sounds as though Waititi will ultimately bring the film to life.
Directed by Taika Waititi, Akira is scheduled to release on May 21, 2021 and is expected to start filming this year. There remains no official casting or any other details.