Keanu Reeves joining the $230 million-budgeted AKIRA film?

Joshua Brunsting

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May 6th, 2011

Apparently it takes scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel to get what sounds like one of the film world’s biggest undertakings off the ground.

In a pair of stories from both Vulture and THR, it has been revealed that none other than Keanu Reeves is currently in talks to star as Kaneda in the hotly talked-about, but not all that anticipated, live action adaptation of the beloved manga series and anime film. 

The film will also apparently be budgeted at $230 million, making it quite a big undertaking, that frankly, doesn’t have the steam to really make back its money.

The two-film franchise, set to be steered towards a PG-13, will be helmed by Albert Hughes, and with the likelihood of that budget number being for both films combined, and not just the first one (although I wouldn’t doubt that this would ultimately be shot back-to-back), this is definitely an interesting route to go. 

Personally, after seeing names like James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Robert Pattinson tossed around with the role of Kaneda, it’s a bit weird to see them go with Reeves, but honestly, the white-washing of this film is a bit weird as a whole in the first place. I am such a big fan of the original anime film (haven’t read the manga) so overall, I have absolutely no interest in this project.

What do you think?

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