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'Akira' Remake Casting: Taika Waititi Confirms He Would Cast Asian Leads

'Akira' Remake Casting: Taika Waititi Confirms He Would Cast Asian Leads
From Slashfilm - October 11, 2017

Taika Waititi is about to become a bonafide blockbuster director when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters in a few weeks. With this newfound fame often comes talk of even bigger projects. One film that Waititi has been rumored to be involved with is the inevitable live-actionAkira remake. The filmmaker recently revealed some details on the project, and even addressed the whitewashing casting concerns that swirl around theAkiraremake. Get theAkiraremake casting details below.

Katsuhiro Otomos 1988 Japanese animated filmAkirahas been highly regarded ever since its release, which means it was only a matter of time before Hollywood got around to remaking it. Warner Brothers acquired the rights toAkira in 2002, but the project never got off the ground. Now rumblings of a live-actionAkira are starting up again.Get Out director Jordan Peele was offered the project, but turned it down, saying hed rather focus on an original story rather than a remake.

NowWhat We Do In the Shadows andThor: Ragnarokdirector Taika Waititi is in talks to helm the film. Waititi has confirmed to IGN that he has indeed been approached about the film, although the filmmaker wasnt entirely clear if the talks were over and he had moved on, or if he might still sign up for the film:

I amthat was more or less a rumor. There was, I mean, I was in talks to do that, for sure, and something that I was very passionate aboutam passionate aboutI actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the booksAnd, yeah, so anyway theres been some chats [about him directing it].

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