According to Twitch, Kristen Stewart, star of The Twilight Saga and the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, has been offered the female lead in Warner Brothers’ upcoming live-action remake of hit Japanese manga and animated feature, Akira.
In most cases this would be chalked up as nothing more than a rumor, but, unfortunately for those who will weep at such news, Twitch has been the go-to source for breaking Akira news, including first reporting the news that Garrett Hedlund has been offered the lead role of Kaneda and that Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter had also been offered roles.
If this plays out Stewart would be taking on the role of Kei (or Ky Reed, as The Hollywood Reporter reports would be the name used in this American remake), a member of the underground resistance group that’s fighting the government’s use of orphans as weapons. Ky becomes involved with Kaneda at some point, and it’s said that she too may possess some sort of abilities.
The final major character remaining if Stewart signs on would be Tetsuo, but no actors have been reportedly offered that role as of yet.
Akira is set to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan).