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"Garrett Hedlund in Akira"Garrett Hedlund has been considered as the frontrunner to star in one of the lead roles, in the forthcoming Japanese live-action remake movie ‘Akira’.

The Warner Bros. Pictures have finally has given the green signal for the project to be started and are looking to rope in the ‘Tron Legacy’ star, to play one of the two male lead characters in the upcoming adapted movie ‘Akira’. However, it has been reported that, no official offer has been given to Garrett, but it will be confirmed soon. The production of the movie is expected to star in February or March of next year.

The movie ‘Akira’ will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra a Spanish director, who has replaced earlier scheduled helmer Albert Hughes, to take up the direction duties. Earlier, ‘The Matrix’ star Keanu Reeves was confirmed to star in the role of Kaneda, a bike-riding world- saver, but has walked out of the project with unrevealed reasons. The movie has been adapted from a novel with the same title written by Katsuhiro Otomo in the year 1988.

The story of the movie is set in New Manhattan, which centers on the leader of a motorcycle gang with the name ‘The Capsules’. He has to save the life of his best friend Tetsuo, suffering from a destructive psychokinetic abilities, from the medical experiments of the government. Warner Bros. got the rights of the novel in 2008 for a seven figure deal from Kodansha. The studio is planning to make the movie ‘Akira’ with a budget of $90 million, which is less than the initial budget of $100 million.

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