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Keanu Reeves will not play the lead role in the upcoming remake ‘Akira’, as he left the project under development.

’The Matrix’ star has walked out of the Warner Bros project ‘Akira’ and will not play the lead character in the movie. He was in negotiations with the studios, to star in the movie, as he will play as Kaneda, a bike-riding World- saver.

The story of the movie is based on a novel by Katsuhiro Otomo, which is set in a metropolis, which was rebuilt after it has been destroyed by a child with psychic powers called ‘Akira’, a decade ago. Shotaro Kaneda, who is a young leader of a motor cycle gang ‘The Capsules’ has to take care of his best friend Tetsuo, who has been affected by telepathic abilities of Akira.

As per the sources, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron and James Franco were also considered for the roles, but they walked out of the roles. The budget of the project was also going high than $140 million, which Warner Bros were looking to curtail the budget, the sources added.

The studios have also confirmed that, the production of the project is still under development and it has not been shelved, as the filming has not been scheduled. Albert Hughes has been signed and is still attached to the project, looking out for another top actor, to replace ‘The Matrix Reloaded’.

Earlier, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and Chris Evans were also on the shortlist of the movie and they are planning for an alternative, which they could cast anyone.

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