May 25, 2017

Kristen Stewart offered female lead in “Akira”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If I had to make a bet, I’d put money down that the live-action remake of the anime classic “Akira” will never reach theaters. Too many chefs have been jamming into the kitchen for years trying to improve on a perfect dish. Why bother?

But if it happens – and I say that’s a mighty big “if” – it might have “Twilight” starlet Kristen Stewart in the female lead. Twitch reports that Stewart, who’s still busy filming “Snow White and the Huntsman” with Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, would play Kei, love interest of Kaneda, in Jaume Collet-Sera’s planned remake.

The site, which appears to have a source buried deep in the production, also says Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter and Garrett Hedlund have been offered parts in the film, currently set up at Warner Brothers.

The actress has said time and again in interviews that she’s anxious to find a new, fresh franchise after playing Bella Swan for years. Yet as Twitch points out, few in the “Twilight” love triangle have been able to find a project that comes close to the mass appeal of Stephenie Meyer’s series.

Could “Akira” put Stewart over the top? Or will she already be flying high on “Snow White,” which reaches theaters next summer?

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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