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Robert Pattinson lined up for 'Akira'

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Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake are on the shortlist to star in Warner Bros' live-action Akira remake.

According to Deadline, the studio is looking to begin filming on the manga adaptation in August with Albert Hughes (The Book Of Eli) directing from a script by Steve Kloves (Harry Potter).

Pattinson, Garfield and James McAvoy are being sought for the role of Tetsuo, a biker gang member who develops psychic abilities following a motorcycle accident.

Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine and Joaquin Phoenix have been sent the script with a view to playing Kaneda, the biker gang leader who eventually becomes Tetsuo's enemy.

Akira will be based on Katsuhiro Ôtomohis's 1988 animated version of his six-volume manga, which was set in a neon-lit post-apocalyptic 'New Tokyo' in 2019. The movie will relocate the story to New York, with 'New Manhattan' the location.

Leonardo DiCaprio is producing Akira through his Appian Way company.

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