Robert Pattinson in the frame for ‘Akira’ lead role

'Twillight' star is on a the shortlist for the Manga remake

Robert Pattinson is the latest name to become attached to the lead role in the forthcoming Akira movie.

Warner Brothers are planning a live action version of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s seminal Manga graphic novel, of which an anime version has already become a cult favourite.

Now Deadline.com is reporting that the script has been sent to a shortlist of actors being considered for the two major roles. For the role of Tetsuo, Pattison is a frontrunner alongside Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy.

For his opposite number Kaneda, the script has been delivered to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. An early favourite in the shape of Zac Efron is reportedly now out of the running.

The new version of Akria will transplant the action to the US, taking place in a rebuilt New Manhattan where the leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. The project is expected to be split into two films, each covering three volumes of the six-part graphic novel series.