Ragnarok's Taika Waititi Would Cast Asian Leads For Akira — Thor

Ragnarok's Taika Waititi Would Cast Asian Leads For Akira — Thor

Thor: Ragnarok is in cinemas November 3. Now rumblings of a live-action Akira are starting up again.

And that Whitewashing problem I mentioned? Specifically, he'd adapt the Akira books instead of remaking the anime, which had to greatly condense the story to fit into a two-hour runtime. One film that Waititi has been rumored to be involved with is the inevitable live-action Akira remake. I would do an adaptation of the books...

"I actually love the books".

Actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent.
"And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about directing it]".

Director and all-around awesome Kiwi Taika Waititi is preparing for the release of his first big blockbuster, Thor: Ragnarok.

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"There was a lot of improvisation on the day so who knows if it's going to remain in there or not, I don't know", House explained.

House portrays the character of Topaz, and described her character as "the Grandmaster's main henchperson" that's "very protective over him". Various scripts have tried to transplant the story to a setting that would allow a mix of Asian and Western actors, including a version from Rogue One writer Gary Whitta that was set in a Japanese owned version of New York dubbed Neo-Manhattan.

'The Hunt for the Wilderpeople' and 'Moana' star said she doesn't know how much improvisation material made the cut. "Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books", he said. Live action anime is also a tricky genre to tackle, and it hasn't fared well in recent times. Recently, the live-action remake of the anime Ghost in the Shell drew heavy criticism when the film cast white actress Scarlett Johansson in a role that absolutely should have gone to a Japanese actress.

One of the concerns fans of Akira have about a Hollywood remake of the film involve whitewashing.

The Akira remake is a project that seems permanently trapped in development hell, but if any filmmaker could tackle it -and do a great job - then it would be Taika Waititi.

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