The Hollywood Reporter adds that after casting Garret Hedlund as Kaneda, the gang leader, with Kristen Stewart having the offer to play Ky Reed (Kei)—a woman who is part of an underground movement to expose the government for turning orphans into living weapons (and also may possess some abilities herself)—Warner Bros. is narrowing down candidates to play Tetsuo in its live-action Akira film.
Lining up to test are:
D.J. Cotrona (the Detroit 1-8-7 star who just wrapped the role of Flint in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation), Logan Marshal Green (who appeared in the M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil and will be seen in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus), Toby Kebbell (he caught the eyes of Warners execs with RocknRolla and is in War Horse), Richard Madden (Robb Stark in Game of Thrones), Rami Malek (appeared in The Pacific and has a supporting role in Twilight: Breaking Dawn—Part 2), and Michael Pitt (the breakout actor on HBO's Boardwalk Empire).
Also retesting for the role are Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro).
The actors are very much of the still-estasblishing-themselves stage of their careeer and are generally not known quantities. But most are also serious actors who garner praise for the indie work they do. The Tetsuo role would surely raise their profile within and outside the industry.
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