Keanu Reeves In Talks For Akira Lead

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Turn that frown upside down, Sad Keanu! 2011 is looking like your year. So soon after announcing Bill And Ted 3 might actually happen, New York Mag is reporting that Keanu Reeves is in talks for Akira lead Kaneda after Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling allegedly passed on the film. Seeing as how Akira‘s whitewashing seemed eminent back in March, it’s reassuring to see an actor with at least some Asian ancestry potentially being cast. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the graphic novel can probably point out the other problem with the rumored casting choices: the Akira leads are supposed to be in high school, not old enough to pick up their teenage kids from high school in their Ford Windstars.

But don’t you lose that grin just yet, Reeves! Apparently Warner Bros. plans on dropping $230 million on the project, which would likely make it one of the top ten most expensive films ever made, so they will almost certainly cast someone with Keanu’s international appeal. A huge sci-fi adventure flick staring Keanu Reeves makes us feel like it’s 1999 again. Just makes you want to say: whoa.