Taika Waititi Confirms He Would Cast Asian Leads — Akira' Remake Casting

With the growing awareness of and backlash against Hollywood's long penchant for "whitewashing" casting of stories featuring Asian characters, many fans have been concerned that will happen again if a live-action Akira movie does ever happen.

The Akira remake is a project that seems permanently trapped in development hell, but if any filmmaker could tackle it -and do a great job - then it would be Taika Waititi.

"I actually love the books", Waititi told IGN, teasing that his adaptation won't be based on the landmark 1988 anime film.

"I actually love the books".

House yesterday walked along the red carpet at the premiere of the latest Marvel blockbuster with the A-List cast, including Australia's Chris Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett. "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about him directing it]".

And considering the likes of Iron Fist, Doctor Strange and this year's Ghost in the Shell landed in hot water for their casting of high-profile and, crucially, white actors, Waititi's promise is music to our ears, as it echoes Ed Skrein's decision to exit the Hellboy reboot and essentially hand over his role to Daniel Dae Kim. Filmmakers such as George Miller, Stephen Norrington, Jaume Collet-Serra and - most recently - Jordan Peele have been approached or worked on different versions, which have ranged from an epic, two-part adaptation, to a more cost-effective version that Collet-Serra developed.

Leonardo DiCaprio stepped in to resurrect Akira as a producer in 2015, and he recruited Daredevil's Marco J. Ramirez to write the script. Both are still attached to the film. "Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books", he said.

Kiwi actress Zoe Bell, who is the stunt double for Cate Blanchett in the film, looks like she is rip-roaring to go in a gorgeous gown by NZ designer Tanya Carlson. The New Zealand born multihyphenate actor/writer/director may have hit cult success with his vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, but you would be hard-pressed to find an average Joe on the street that knew his name.

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