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James Franco: Akira Manga Man! Exclusive!

James Franco: Akira Manga Man! Exclusive!

James Franco is in talks to star as the lead role Kaneda in the live action feature-film Akira, JustJared.com has exclusively confirmed.

The flick will be based off of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume cyberpunk manga (Japanese word for comics). The film is set in New Manhattan, where the leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.

Warner Bros. has tapped director Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) to helm the project, along with Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way.

James, who is co-hosting the Academy Awards later this month with Anne Hathaway, unsurprisingly has been getting roles offered to him left and right. He also has the opportunity to replace Robert Downey, Jr. as the Wizard of Oz in the upcoming Disney movie Oz: The Great and Powerful. Director Sam Raimi will helm the Wizard of Oz prequel, which is based on L. Frank Baum‘s classic books.

WHAT DO YOU THINK James Franco will choose to star in — Oz or Akira?

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# 1

he’ll choose the project interests him the most, something he never did before.

# 2

Oh man. I thought he was going to star alongside Leo. That would’ve been swweeeettt!

# 3

go for Akira. l’d want to see that

# 4

OMG…that is good…no GREAT casting right there. kinda excited about that!!

# 5

Why would you ruin a classic such as AKIRA by making it into a live action movie. No less with second rate actors. Not impressed with this decision.

# 6

marry bar already

# 7

love james regardless of which movie he chooses to do!

# 8

Akira for sure great action and really really cool…Depp is done and we don’t need another!!! Please do Akira

he should do both so i could see his gorgeous face more <3

Interesting movie

sourpatch575 @ 02/11/2011 at 3:05 pm

MY TWO FAVOURITE MEN! <3

So excited that James Franco is getting involved in so many projects!! Very talented and very hot!!

I’m so happy that James is getting the recognition he deserves! He’s my dream man! <3

i think that he will choose Oz but i am sure that he is interest in both of them…anyway one is for sure….either he choose Oz or Akira role he will be great………..!!!!!!

Akira is so incredibly awesome! And I love James Franco so this would be perfect!

what movie is this

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What a lovely twosome! Either role would be great. I love James Franco!!!

I love James Franco!

CanadaGirl @ 02/11/2011 at 7:31 pm

Sounds like an interesting project. I’m not familiar with Akira, but the concept seems cool. Is it just me who thinks James Franco is cool? The guy’s totally chill, and he’d probably be fun to hang out with.

umm wasn’t jgl suppose to star in akira,is it still on?

I believe the characters in Akira are Asian; more specifically, Japanese.

James Franco is white.

Once again, Asian dudes get screwed by Hollywood.

Set In Japan @ 02/11/2011 at 11:38 pm

@Lela: yeah that’s true…. how are they gonna pull off having it set in neo-tokyo (i think) and have the main characters have japanese names and then be white? Unless of course the change it all up

There’s something about Franco that I find icky.

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