Earlier this month, we reported that Akira, a visceral, mind-bending anime about futuristic Japanese motorcycle thugs is being remade as a live-action American film. Unfortunately, it’ll be directed by the guy who helmed Paris Hilton’s House of Wax and will star Tron: Legacy‘s Garrett Hedlund as Kaneda (a 15-year-old Asian boy in the original). Now, we can add Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart to the list, as she’s been offered the role of Kei, Kaneda’s love interest. Oh, great.
Since the Akira remake isn’t already whitewashed enough, Warner Bros’ is adding Kristen Stewart for good measure. The young actress may take the lead female role in the film because thus far, it doesn’t have enough sleepy-eyed actors delivering numb and blank performances. Both Stewart and Hedlund are known for mimicking those things real people call “emotions.”
It’s a casting move that makes a fair amount of sense, as her name will draw a gigantic swarm of tween fans. They’re exactly the type of audience the remake seems to be aimed at. The casting announcement was conveniently released the same week The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I opens in theaters. Coincidence? We think not!
What do you think of the Kristin Stewart news?