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“Akira” starts testing actors for role of Tetsuo

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The casting rumors for “Akira” are beginning to heat up as the filming start date looms ever closer. The last major role that needs an actor attached to it is Tetsuo, the troubled young man whose psychic powers end up becoming a dangerous weapon. A short-list of actors who have been testing for the role has been released, and it’s a bit of an eclectic bunch.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the short-list of actors testing include a variety of stars from television and films. Some of the more exciting names on the list include Richard Madden from “Game of Thrones,” Paul Dano from “Little Miss Sunshine,” Michael Pitt from “Boardwalk Empire” and Logan Marshall Green from “Prometheus.” Also on the list are “Tetro’s” Alden Ehrenreich, “Breaking Dawn’s” Rami Malek, “G.I.Joe 2: Retaliation’s” D.J. Cotrona and “RocknRolla’s” Toby Kebbell.

The actor for the role of Tetsuo is supposed to be decided before Thanksgiving, so expect that list to be narrowed down very soon. All of the actors are relatively unknown, so it will be interesting to see how the one chosen stacks up against the previously announced stars.

“Tron: Legacy’s” Garrett Hedlund is all but officially confirmed to star in the film as Kaneda, the leader of a motorcycle gang who is also the film’s second lead. Kristen Stewart has been offered to play Ky Reed, a spin off Kei in the original 1988 anime. And Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter have rumored to be attached to the film as The Colonel and Miyako, respectively.

“Orphan” and “House of Wax” director Jaume Collet-Serra is helming the film, but it isn’t a horror movie per-se. “Akira” has been pegged to have a budget of about $90 million, so expect it to be a lot grittier than its blockbuster anime counterpart. Filming is set to start in the spring, so hopefully the flick will hit theaters at some point in 2013.

Which of these actors do you think best fits the role of Tetsuo? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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