Warner Bros. ‘Akira’ Open Casting Call for Lead Speaking Roles

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Warner Bros. “Akira” is now casting lead speaking roles.

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on the upcoming Warner Bros. feature film “Akira” by Taika Waititi.

Producers are seeking the following roles:

  1. KOICHI: Male, to play JAPANESE, English speaking. Legal 18-20’s to play 17: Constantly forced to punch up in order to survive. Fearless to the point of recklessness. Haunted by the loss of a loved one. LEAD.
  2. MISA: Female, to play JAPANESE, English speaking. Legal 18-30: Beautiful, intelligent, strong-willed. Member of anti-government organization trying to save her city. LEAD.
  3. REINA: Female, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus). Legal 18-20’s to play 17: Gentle, kind, cute, compassionate. Member of a biker gang; cares deeply for Koichi. SUPPORTING LEAD.
  4. TAKAMATSU: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus). Legal 18-20’s to play 18: Large, tough, loyal, short-fused. Member of Jun’s gang; close friend. SUPPORTING LEAD.
  5. YUKI: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus). Legal 18-20’s to play 16: Small, clever, brainy technical wiz. Youngest member of Jun’s street gang. SUPPORTING LEAD.
  6. GEN: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus), age 9-11: Small, mysterious boy on an urgent mission; humble, shy, compassionate & wise beyond his years. SUPPORTING LEAD.
  7. AIMI: Female, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus), age 9-11: Mysterious girl on an urgent mission; kind, gentle, compassionate & wise beyond her years. SUPPORTING LEAD.
  8. SUMIO: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus), age 9-11: Larger, mysterious boy on an urgent mission; bold, brave compassionate & wise beyond his years. SUPPORTING LEAD.

About Taika Waititi’s ‘Akira’:

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VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 29: Taika Waititi attends the Jury photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 29, 2018 in Venice, Italy – Image (Matteo Chinellato / Shutterstock.com)

Akira is an upcoming Japanese-American sci-fi feature film based on the Japanese manga, Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. The film will be directed by Taika Waititi and will be distributed by Warner Bros. on May 21, 2021.

Warner Bros. had acquired the option to produce a live-action remake since 2002. However, the project had fallen through many hands in the years that passed.

Warner Bros. is doing a nationwide open casting call for lead speaking roles for the upcoming Taika Waititi’s ‘Akira’. Akira is currently set to release on May 21, 2021.

The movie’s plot is as described: “A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only his former friend and a group of psychics can stop.”

According to the state of California, the live-action film is set to be produced entirely within the state in 2019, earning a US$18.5 million tax credit from the state and the California Film Commission. Filming from this is expected to take about 71 days starting in July 2019.

How to apply:

DeLisi Creative casting notice; Warner Bros film! Looking for people to play JAPANESE for LEAD roles & people to play ASIAN (Japanese a plus) for other LEAD & SUPPORTING roles. Real people welcome, no acting experience needed. Accepting submissions nationwide!

Esp looking for JUN: Male, to play JAPANESE, English speaking. Legal 18-20’s to play 18: Sharp-eyed, sinewy, tough, handsome, cool. Leader of street gang of teens, he knows how to have a good time. Shouldn’t be too cool or too tough. Scrappy, ragtag kid not worried about anything. Weird, natural authentic selves encouraged! LEAD.

KOICHI: Male, to play JAPANESE, English speaking. Legal 18-20’s to play 17: Constantly forced to punch up in order to survive. Fearless to the point of recklessness. Haunted by the loss of a loved one. LEAD.

MISA: Female, to play JAPANESE, English speaking. Legal 18-30: Beautiful, intelligent, strong-willed. Member of anti-government organization trying to save her city. LEAD.

REINA: Female, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus). Legal 18-20’s to play 17: Gentle, kind, cute, compassionate. Member of a biker gang; cares deeply for Koichi. SUPPORTING LEAD.

TAKAMATSU: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus). Legal 18-20’s to play 18: Large, tough, loyal, short-fused. Member of Jun’s gang; close friend. SUPPORTING LEAD.

YUKI: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus). Legal 18-20’s to play 16: Small, clever, brainy technical wiz. Youngest member of Jun’s street gang. SUPPORTING LEAD.

GEN: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus), age 9-11: Small, mysterious boy on an urgent mission; humble, shy, compassionate & wise beyond his years. SUPPORTING LEAD.

AIMI: Female, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus), age 9-11: Mysterious girl on an urgent mission; kind, gentle, compassionate & wise beyond her years. SUPPORTING LEAD.

SUMIO: Male, to play ASIAN, English speaking (JAPANESE a plus), age 9-11: Larger, mysterious boy on an urgent mission; bold, brave compassionate & wise beyond his years. SUPPORTING LEAD.

To be considered: Attend a casting session (select cities). Or submit a self tape! Email: [email protected].

Subj Line: First & last name/role, city/state. Incl in email:
First & last name, role, height, city/state, phone/email & current photo (NOT filtered or retouched. An honest photo of the real you! Face/body type is great)! Include fun facts, so we get to know you! IF MINOR: We must correspond w/parent/guardian. Incl requested info; name/age/DOB of minor, PLUS name of parent/guardian & email/phone.

If right for a role, we’ll email instructions!


IMPORTANT: We post updates on our social media. See DeLisi Creative for various ways to keep informed!

We don’t want to overlook anyone! Reach out if you have referrals (people, organizations, etc, that may know great candidates). We want to give everyone an opportunity!

NOTE: Several CD’s are covering this film (overall Deb Zane). If you auditioned w/any other CD, it’s unnecessary re-submit. We’re all on the same team!

The Producer is committed to providing equal employment opportunity & prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination & harassment based upon ages 40 or over, ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military & veteran status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by law.

There is NEVER a fee to audition. Any such claim is fraudulent & should be reported.

It’s vital we receive submissions ASAP! Deadline 7/15, but accepting submissions until roles are cast! No guarantee of extension, submit ASAP!

PLS SHARE FAR + WIDE! Thank you!

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Please do not apply, if you are not local or if you do not fit the description.

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