Warner Bros. has issued a casting call for Akira, which is preparing for a Spring 2012 shoot in Vancouver. The casting call includes the first synopsis for Akira, which you can read below.
Possible Akira synopsis revealed
"Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel. Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers. Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo's mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel's troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago."
The casting call also lists Kristen Stewart as Ky, Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Miyako, and Ken Watanabe as The Colonel. We have reported over the past few months that the actors have been offered these particular roles, but we don't have any official confirmation that any of this casting is official. As of now, Garrett Hedlund, who plays Kaneda, is the only cast member confirmed for Akira's stateside makeover.
You can for more details on the casting call for Akira.