THOR: RAGNAROK Director Taika Waititi Says He Wouldn't Whitewash The Cast If He Directs AKIRA

THOR: RAGNAROK Director Taika Waititi Says He Wouldn't Whitewash The Cast If He Directs AKIRA

Rumour has it that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi could take the helm of that long-delayed Akira movie and the filmmaker has now revealed that he wouldn't even consider whitewashing the cast...

During a recent interview with IGN, Taika Waititi confirmed that he's been approached about directing a live-action version of Akira but refused to reveal whether or not he's seriously considering taking charge of the movie which has been in the works for years now. However, if he ends up signing on to direct, he won't be remaking the classic anime; he actually intends on looking to the manga instead.

"I actually love the books. Love the movie, but I would not do a remake of the movie. I would do an adaptation of the books," the Thor: Ragnarok director confirmed, adding, "And, yeah, so anyway there's been some chats [about him directing it]." In the past, the likes of Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart have been attached to star in the movie but Waititi's version wouldn't be whitewashed.

"Actually Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me and probably no, not, like no name, I mean sort of unfound, untapped talent," he revealed, promising that he would stick to the source material rather than casting A-List (white) stars. "Yeah, I'd probably want to take it a bit back more towards the books." What do you guys think of these comments? Share your thoughts down below.
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