Though the story was picked up all over, a rep for the Hughes Brothers, who are directing the live action film, tells Gossip Cop that rumors about Efron starring in Akira are “not true.”
this is why i kept my posts on it locked until it was officially confirmed but then people decided to publicize what was basically quiet industry info before it was a done deal just to get a scoop. the original source for saying he got an offer was about as legit as you get until the studio says something publicly, and we know that he was very interested in akira and was seemingly connected to it in some way for at least a year. so idk. i just hope that if he is still interested in doing it, that this is just some sort of smoke screen.