Rumor of the Day: And the lead in Akira goes to ... Zac Efron?

Word on the street is that High School Musical veteran Zac Efron is going to star in Warner Brothers' live-action adaptation of the classic manga series and anime groundbreaker.


Co-directors Allen and Albert Hughes (From Hell) are behind this Americanized version—which is said to take place in a post-apocalyptic New Manhattan, rather than the Neo Tokyo of Katsuhiro Otomo's Japanese original—and they're rumored to have offered Efron the starring role, a teenage bike punk whose best friend gets kidnapped by the government and turned into an all-powerful mutant.

Now, before you get all upset at the idea of Efron sullying a beloved geek institution with his very presence, let's not forget that before he got all famous, Efron played young Simon Tam on Firefly.

(via Bloody Disgusting)

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