Taika Waititi Shares Casting Plans for Possible 'Akira' Adaptation

Casting directors had previously recruited Garett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart to take on lead roles in the big screen adaptation of Akira back in 2011, before that production fell apart, but if Waititi does agree to take charge of the live-action shoot, he won't be whitewashing the characters - and he would rather his stars be Hollywood newcomers.

There has been a lot of talk over the years about a live action adaptation of the much beloved Japanese property Akira. The studio has not yet confirmed the hiring, though Waititi was eager to talk about his involvement on "Akira" during the "Thor" red carpet. I would do an adaptation of the books... This spring, fans around the world criticized projects like Ghost in the Shell and Hellboy for its insensitive casting choices.

"Actually, Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably. sort of unfound, untapped talent", he shared.

"There was a lot of improvisation on the day so who knows if it's going to remain in there or not, I don't know", House explained.

Kiwi actor Karl Urban is looking extremely suave in his suit on his way to watch the film, no doubt in a limousine.

These comments are certainly made by someone passionate about the source material, and especially about doing it justice. The anime is rightly considered a groundbreaking piece of work and helped popularize anime in the West. Specifically, he'd adapt the Akira books instead of remaking the anime, which had to greatly condense the story to fit into a two-hour runtime. It was there the site asked Waititi how he'd approach the film since he has been rumored as a front-running director for the project.

House portrays the character of Topaz, and described her character as "the Grandmaster's main henchperson" that's "very protective over him". "Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books". Various scripts have tried to transplant the story to a setting that would allow a mix of Asian and Western actors, including a version from Rogue One writer Gary Whitta that was set in a Japanese owned version of New York dubbed Neo-Manhattan.