Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, in association with Legendary Pictures and Mad Chance, is set to begin principal photography on the feature film “Akira” this coming spring in Vancouver, BC. Casting is heating up as screen testing is taking place for the lead roles, and the supporting roles will be cast soon. The extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins for the film’s stars will be cast in Vancouver.
Garrett Hedlund has been cast as Kaneda, who is the main protagonist of “Akira”. The beautiful and talented Kristen Stewart will play Ky, a powerful medium who cannot use psychic powers of her own, but can channel the powers of others through her body. Ken Watanabe portrays The Colonel, head of the secret government project conducting research on psychic test subjects. Helena Bonham Carter plays Lady Miyako.
Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra will direct “Akira” from an adapted screenplay written by Albert Torres, Steve Kloves, and David James. Collet-Serra most recently directed the 2011 Warner Bros. Pictures film “Unknown” starring Liam Neeson and January Jones.
Details on how talent can submit for acting roles, and registration information for extras can be found on the following casting post:
Feature Film “Akira” Auditions and Casting Calls