James Franco Starring in Akira Live-Action Movie?

He most definitely is, according to JustJared. It’s not like I visit JustJared a lot or anything, so I don’t know how they do with breaking movie news. Usually they just post celebrity pictures, don’t they?

Anyways, here’s the word from JJ:

James Franco is in talks to star as the lead role Kaneda in the live action feature-film Akira, JustJared.com has exclusively confirmed.

The flick will be based off of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume cyberpunk manga (Japanese word for comics). The film is set in New Manhattan, where the leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment.

Obviously if Franco lands the gig, you can kiss teenager Kaneda goodbye.

The Hughes brothers have been attached to direct for some time, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s shingle producing.

If this thing ever gets made, what are the chances we’ll see this scene play out in live-action?

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