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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is Tetsuo In Concept Art From Live-Action Akira

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We weren't exactly devastated when the live-action adaptation of Akira fizzled out, but the project certainly left behind some stunning concept art. And it looks like at one point, the filmmakers imagined Chris Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the starring roles.

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Director Ruairí Robinson has posted several concept images, which apparently come from his tenure as Akira's director, including the American equivalents of Kaneda and Tetsuo (now "Travis")—as well as the not-so-warm neon glow of Neo-New York at night.

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[Ruairí Robinson via Moviepilot]

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thekeith82
thekeith82

I've got an insane idea, but hear me out here. How about every time we discuss casting a live action Akira remake, we stop suggesting actors in their thirties and forties? Do we think we could do that?

There is nothing about a straight adaptation of Akira as an American made live action project that remotely interests me, but can we at least start getting the very fucking basics right? Please?