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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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36 Responses to “James Franco: Akira Manga Man! Exclusive!”

  1. 1
    mikeips8 Says:

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

  2. 2
    moony_aragorn Says:

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

  3. 3
    bb Says:

    go for Akira. l’d want to see that

  4. 4
    paw Says:

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

  5. 5
    Robbyd Says:

    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. 6
    f Says:

    marry bar already

  7. 7
    Mckenzie Says:

    love james regardless of which movie he chooses to do!

  8. 8
    jack Says:

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

  9. 9
    hay Says:

    both

  10. 10
    megan Says:

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

  11. 11
    mikimoto Says:

    Interesting movie

  12. 12
    Kaz simply amezin!!!!!!!!!! Says:

    I love leonardo

  13. 13
    sourpatch575 Says:

    MY TWO FAVOURITE MEN! <3

  14. 14
    Mikayla Says:

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

  15. 15
    Zoe Says:

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

  16. 16
    vasso Says:

    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………..!!!!!!

  17. 17
    AbFab Says:

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

  18. 18
    DBSK Says:

    what movie is this

    jpop and kpop the best

  19. 19
    sadie Says:

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

  20. 20
    Tom Says:

    I love James Franco!

  21. 21
    CanadaGirl Says:

    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.

  22. 22
    . Says:

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

  23. 23
    Lela Says:

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

    James Franco is white.

    Once again, Asian dudes get screwed by Hollywood.

  24. 24
    Set In Japan Says:

    @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

  25. 25
    june bug Says:

    There’s something about Franco that I find icky.

  26. 26
    james is cool Says:

    James Franco is awesome…good for him… watch Pineapple express, awesome movie.

  27. 27
    hoitytoitytoity Says:

    Who’s gonna be Tetsuo?

  28. 28
    Athenais Says:

    they transposed the story in USA

  29. 29
    Johanne Says:

    Love Leo, love James … both such great, good looking and talented men °_°

  30. 30
    Lol Says:

    Handsome leo but he like in this pic 40 years old

  31. 31
    lola Says:

    hes really gotten old looking not appealing anymore at all

  32. 32
    marakesh Says:

    he does have a good resemblance with the character hed be perfect for itl…

  33. 33
    Get real folks! Says:

    Off topic. Can Just Jared please get rid of the annoying spammer trying to sell autographs of the waste of space kardashians? I like both Leo and James. They are hot!

  34. 34
    Edward Says:

    Yay for white men playing Asian men! The Last Airbender, Part 2, here we come!!

  35. 35
    joe Says:

    LEAVE AKIRA ALONE, ITS PERFECT AS IT IS WITH THE MANGA AND ANIME. LEO: STAY AWAY FROM CONVERTING THE BEST THING IN THE ANIME WORLD INTO SOMETHING ****** THAT NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND JUST SO YOU CAN MAKE A FEW MORE BUCKS

  36. 36
    noodle Says:

    @Edward:

    your a moron..go die.

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