A film adaptation of the Akira Manga is being planned and a petition is being circulated to encourage Warner Bros. to include Asian-American actors.
According to a petition on Facebook, the eight actors that are thus far being considered for the roles of Tetsuo and Kaneda in Akira are all non-Asian-Americans.
One actor familiar to Star Trek fans is on that list of non-Asian-American actors. Chris Pine is one of the five actors being considered for the role of Kaneda.
“If not in a film called Akira, for characters named Kaneda and Tetsuo, when will Asian-Americans get to star in a Warner Bros film?” asks the petition.
Takei tweeted his opinion on the matter. “Akira epic fail,” he said. “All actors up for Kaneda & Tetsuo are white?” He then asked his followers to “Sign & RT the [virtual] petition.”