Zac Efron set for Akira remake

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A non-stop action film starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie & Morgan Freeman. Wesley Gibson (McAvoy) is a mild-mannered Chicago office worker until he meets Fox (Jolie), who reveals to him that he's a member of an ancient secret organization called the Fraternity, which kills bad people. Upon learning from Fox that his estranged father has been murdered, Wesley completes training and becomes an avenging assassin.
November 8th, 2010

Zac Efron is wanted for the re-imagining of 'Akira'.

The 'Charlie St. Cloud' actor is reportedly wanted by film bosses to play gang leader Shotaro Kaneda in the adaptation of the iconic manga comic.

The original story - focusing on teen biker gang member Kaneda - was set in post-nuclear war Tokyo in 2019 while the new movie is expected to be set in New York.

As the gang leader, Zac's character would be responsible for stopping of destruction in the city.

'Seven' actor Morgan Freeman has also been linked to the movie and will reportedly play the role of the Colonel.

Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is working on the $300 million project for Warner Brothers with Allen and Albert Hughes directing.

Screenwriter Albert Torres is working on a new draft of the script while Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta have all previously worked on the project.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been linked to the part of Kaneda but he has since denied the rumours.