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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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james is cool @ 02/12/2011 at 2:52 am

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

hoitytoitytoity @ 02/12/2011 at 3:00 am

Who’s gonna be Tetsuo?

they transposed the story in USA

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

Handsome leo but he like in this pic 40 years old

hes really gotten old looking not appealing anymore at all

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

Get real folks! @ 02/13/2011 at 2:18 am

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!

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

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

@Edward:

your a moron..go die.

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