Media Consumers for Entertainment Equality
On October 19th, Variety reported that Warner Bros has moved to greenlight their adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime AKIRA, with a reduced budget of $90 million to be directed by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra.
In July 2011, Racebending.com and other Asian American groups met with executives at Warner Bros film division, where we were able to clearly articulate our concerns in a collaborative dialogue. As reflected in our letter to Warner Bros sent in March 2011, we believe that Akira would be an important opportunity to cast Asian American actors in first-billed roles, and that casting white actors in the lead roles would reinforce a glass ceiling.
Whether or not the film will star Asian American actors in lead roles remains unknown, but according to Variety’s sources, white American actor Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) is a front runner for one of the two male lead roles.