Kristen Stewart offered 'Akira'
By Adnan Tezer Nov 17, 2011, 20:16 GMT
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Kristen Stewart has an offer for the female lead in Warner Bros.' live-action version of "Akira," based on Katsuhiro Otomo's graphic novel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. acquired the "Akira" rights with Legendary Pictures from publisher Kodansha in 2008.
"Akira" was first adapted as a feature in 1988 as an animated film which Otomo directed.
Otomo will be an executive producer on the film.
Jaume Collet-Serra ("Unknown") is directing from a script by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta.
Steve Kloves did a recent rewrite.
Garrett Hedlund and Gary Oldman have been cast.
The film will be set in New Manhattan, a city that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years earlier. The leader of a motorcycle gang attempts to save his friend, discovered with dangerous psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing through their Appian Way along with Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar.
Shooting is set to begin in late February/early March.
Stewart can be currently seen reprising her star-making role as Bella Swan in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."