Akira Casting News: Bella as Kei?

Posted: November 15, 2011 by tmepost in Acting/Voiceacting, Movies

By Sean McQuillan

The casting for Akira has been a very bumpy ride so far. We’ve heard that Warner Bros have offered roles to Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman, and Garrett Hedlund, and now it looks like they’re turning to the twilight starlet Kristen Stewart for the role of Kei. Kei is a strong female character in the terrorist resistance movement, and love interest to Kaneda.

You feelings of Twilight aside, it’s worth giving Kristen a chance to break out of being typecast within a franchise, and seeing her in Snow White and the Huntsman will probably be a good gauge of how well she can handle a higher action role. With some concerns being raised about Akira’s all white cast, the original characters all being Japanese, and they may have some valid points, but I think we’ll just have to wait and see. Akira is one of my favorite animated movies and for many people, myself included, this was our introduction to Japanese Anime. While many people feel that remakes cheapen the original, I feel that it can be good if it’s done with respect and not looking to overshadow or replace the original. Sergio Leone’s remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo as A Fistful of Dollars. Both are great films, with the same basic stories. If they can rebrand Akira, while maintaining the feel of the original story, than I can certainly get behind it.

Source: TwitchFilm

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