Casting Call Seeks Japanese-American for Live-Action Akira's Yamagata

Ill-fated Bike Gang Lieutenant Gets a Favorable Casting Description

Good news/bad news for Akira fans looking for the live-action adaptation to reflect the original's ethnic origin. The good news is that casting directives for lead characters are specifying a "male, 20 to 30 years old, Japanese American." The bad news: it's for Yamagata, a Capsule Gang biker who doesn't exactly live a long, prosperous life.

 

From the Yamagata listing:

 

AKIRA (Additional Role)
Feature Film
SAG

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: David James Kelly
Producers: Appian Way
Casting Director: Ronna Kress
Casting Assistant: Hannah dAngerio, Emma Sands Milsom
Start Date: March 2012
Location: Vancouver

[ YAMAGATA ]
Male, 20 to 30 years old, Japanese American. (LEAD)

 

via Angry Asian Man

 

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