Contrary to a report last week that Ezra Miller would read for the role of Tetsuo in Akira, the young star of The Perks of Being a Wallflower insists he won’t appear in the Warner Bros. film.
“It’s not true,” the 18-year-old actor tells Moviefone. “That, I can assure you, will not be a reality.”
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the live-action Akira is based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk manga and anime set in a post-apocalyptic New-Tokyo gripped by gang violence and anti-government terrorism. When young gang member Tetsuo manifests telepathic powers, he draws the attention of the government, which fears he poses a threat. Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund is in talks to play Kaneda, the carefree gang leader who goes in search of his longtime friend Tetsuo.
Miller, who’ll be seen next month in We Need to Talk About Kevin, says that while he’s fond of the Japanese sci-fi epic, his career path lies elsewhere.
“It’s a beautiful Japanese epic and I think it’ll be a very entertaining, fun film, but no, it’s not my next move,” he tells Moviefone.
Twilight star Kirsten Stewart reportedly is in negotiations to play Akira‘s female lead Kei, while offers have gone out to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter for the roles of the Colonel and Lady Miyako. Production is expected to begin in late February or early March.
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