Kristen Stewart Offered Lead Female Role In Akira

I don't know if you heard about this, but there is a movie called Twilight - Breaking Dawn: Part 1 coming out this weekend. All kidding aside, though, Twilight really has taken over the news in the past couple weeks, and that even includes movies outside of the franchise. Just last week we saw the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, a movie starring Kristen Stewart, and earlier today Disney sent out some parody posters for The Muppets mocking the vampire romance by featuring characters like "Bella Swine," "Vamphibian," and "WereRowlf." Now even casting news is being affected by the fall blockbuster.

According to Twitch, Stewart, who is actually still in production on Snow White and the Huntsman, has been offered the lead female role of Kei in the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed, live-action, English-language remake of Akira. While the offer was made, the article doesn't say if Stewart has entered negotiations for the part. The actress is just the latest rumored for a part in the movie, as other reports have linked Garrett Hedlund, Gary Oldman, and Helena Bonham Carter to the project. In the story Kei is the romantic interest of Kaneda (the lead character that Hedlund has been linked to) and a member of an underground terrorist group. Set to take place in a futuristic New York City instead of Tokyo, the plot of the film centers on the leader of a motorcycle gang who works to help save his friend with psychokinetic powers from the government.

While I know fans of the 1988 anime aren't exactly thrilled with the fact that this project exists, what do you think about Stewart playing Kei? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Eric Eisenberg
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NJ native who calls LA home and lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran who is endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.