Morgan Freeman playing Colonel in live-action Akira?


Akira , the apocalyptic, super-slick manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo, is being turned into a live-action movie.

That much we already know. We also know that Zac Efron is rumoured to be playing the role of motorcycle gang leader Kaneda.

However, it’s only today that we’re actually interested in seeing a live-action Akira come to life. Why? Because Morgan Freeman’s name has just been chucked into the mix.

The Red star is currently being linked to the role of Colonel Shikishima, the head of a top secret government experiment that is testing the psychic abilities of various subjects.

Now, while Freeman has admittedly starred in his fair share of both modern classics and bargain bin films, he’s never any less than awesome. We're hoping his presence would slot Akira firmly into the former category.

Otomo’s manga series was already turned into an adored animated movie in 1988, which means Freeman would have a lot to live up to. But we know he’s got it in him.

Akira is currently being set up by director Albert Hughes.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.