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And who will star opposite Tetsuo, you ask? Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix are all being considered for the opposing role of Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang who tries to save Tetsuo from a medical experiment.
Akira is set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo and uses many of the conventions of the cyberpunk genre. It is a manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo and it was one of the first manga works to be translated into English in its entirety.