Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Akira

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Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a live-action adaption of Anime classic Akira.

Ruairi Robinson has been hired to direct what would ideally be a two-part epic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio will produce the movie.


Akira originated in 1988 as a manga and then as an animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. The story was set in a neon-lit futuristic post-nuclear war "New Tokyo" in 2019 where a teen biker gang member is subjected to a government experiment which unleashes his latent powers.

The film is tentatively scheduled for a release in the summer of 2009.

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Leonardo DiCaprio is dreamy and an extraordinary actor, who's received many awards for his roles.

He was born and raised in L.A., and began his career in the early 90s with recurring roles on shows like Santa Barbara and Growing Pains.

DiCaprio first received international fame in James Cameron's Titanic. Since then, he's been in numerous amounts of great films, including Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, and Inception.

Fun Fact: Leo is close friends with Tobey Maguire. The two met in 1990 when auditioning for Parenthood and will both be starring in The Great Gatsby.

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