Kristen Stewart landed her first high-profile role outside the Twilight franchise with Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and now the actress may be about to star in the live-action adaptation of anime graphic novel Akira for Warner Bros.
Yesterday Twitch reported that Stewart had been offered the role of Kei, a young medium who becomes the love interest for Kaneda (Garrett Hedlund). Deadline followed this up by saying the actress is in “advanced talks”, so it looks to be a done deal. The site also seems to confirm that Gary Oldman will play the Colonel.
The graphic novel follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments. Warner Bros. has moved the location from Japan to the US, with the story now taking place in a rebuilt New Manhattan.
Leonardo DiCaprio is producing under his Appian Way banner, and Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves recently re-wrote the script. Katsuhiro Otomo, who wrote and directed the 1988 Japanese anime movie of the same name, will serve as executive producer. Shooting is set to begin in late February/early March 2012 under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown).