From nonfiction to comedy to heavy drama, James Franco is covering the bases when it comes to movie genres. And if this latest bit of news from Just Jared holds true, he’s about to add a new one to the list: cyberpunk.
According to the site, the actor is in talks to star in the Hughes Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s celebrated manga set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. Although the series was already transformed into a pioneering anime in 1988, Warner Bros. looks to bring the story off the drawing board in a screenplay by Gary Whitta, who wrote the Hughes Bros.-directed Book of Eli.
Franco is set to co-host the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway, and is nominated for best actor for his performance in 127 Hours. He’s been getting a lot of buzz recently, and is reportedly in talks for Disney’s Oz, the Great and Powerful.
Presumably, Franco might only be able to take one of these roles, so it’s either a badass biker in a dystopian future or a crafty “wizard” who rules an entire kingdom. Either way seems like a pretty awesome choice.
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