The Leonardo diCaprio-produced live-action Akira movie is really pushing forward. In fact, reports state that filming will begin as early as July. However, Entertainment news site, Discussing Film, has revealed that production for the live-action Akira movie will actually begin on August 19. They also noted that the movie already has a cinematographer, a production designer and a costume designer. Thor Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi will be directing the movie.

Unfortunately, they did not yet reveal the cast members yet. The movie is slated for a May 21, 2021 premiere if there are no delays.

Meanwhile, Production Weekly magazine has released a synopsis of the movie. It revealed that the Hollywood version will have a much more different story than that of Katsuhiro Otomo’s original work. Here’s how they describe the story:

“When a young man’s telekinesis is discovered by the military, he is taken in to be turned into a super weapon and his brother must race to save him before Manhattan is destroyed by his powers. Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother Tetsuo is abducted by Government agents lead by the Colonel. Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City 30 years ago when it was destroyed.

Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous, but after facing his brother again is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers. Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy. Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind, Kaneda clashes with the Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira, but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island as he did thirty years ago.”

Yeah, that certainly is different, and fans are now worried… really worried. However, things might still change by the time production starts this summer.

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