Thursday, February 21, 2008

DiCaprio to star in "Akira"

It's been 16 years since Ajumma sat on her friend's floor watching the Japanese anime Akira. The groundbreaking anime takes place in 2019 in post-WWIII Tokyo. The city is ruled by bike gangs, with the protagonist being Kaneda. Kaneda has a best friend named Testuo who starts having violent hallucinations and begins reaking havoc on the city after he encounters a strange child on the street.

This week Leonardo DiCaprio announced that he's producing and starring in a live action remake of Akira. DiCaprio will play Kaneda and Third Rock From the Sun laddy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will star as best friend, Tetsuo. DiCaprio's remake of Akira is due out in 2009.