This headliner was a shocker for me, as I was only peripherally aware of a live-action version of Akira was in the works. My initial reaction?
WHY would you Keanu Reeves be your first pick? WHY?! I can't imagine anyone less qualified to be part of such a project. I don't even KNOW what Akira is about as I haven't read it (*gasp* shocking, I know), but I do know that it was a huge influence back in the 80s and has an iconic status today. I also know that Keanu Reeves can't act worth mouse shit and would end up presenting the world with a bastardized version of a character that would unfortunately survive in posterity till the end of time.
Why am I picking on poor Keanu, you may ask? Well, because he's appallingly bad, and he's inexplicably a sought-after actor. This point was driven home by Blackbird after she sent me the following link from bestweekever.tv showing how bad an actor he is. You can see for yourself - he's like a wooden board with a brown wig on top.
Facing the truth.
Anyway, we have nothing to fear now - the Keanu-in-Akira-gate scandal has been sidestepped, and hopefully a more worthy actor will come along to sign on to the project. Although, with a production team that considered Keanu Reeves for a lead role, maybe we should be questioning the whole idea of an American, live-action Akira film...
Credits to bestweekever.tv for making an awesome "Keanu sucks!" compilation, and the folks over at icanhascheezburger for making awesome Keanu-captioned posters and awesome captions in general.
PS: For those of you who are fans of Keanu Reeves, here's a more favorable i canhascheezburger picture just for you