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Kristen Stewart reportedly offered “Akira” female lead

Kristen Stewart reportedly offered “Akira” female lead (photo)

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She’s played the damsel in distress in “Twilight,” she’s playing a warrior maiden in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and now Kristen Stewart has reportedly been offered to star in a whole new genre.

Twitch is reporting that Stewart has been offered the female lead role in Jaume Collet-Sera’s upcoming adaptation of “Akira.” This is a huge vote of confidence in the young actress — who, it should be noted, didn’t even get a line of dialogue in her “Snow White” trailer — because it would send her out of her comfort zone and into nerd territory on the opposite end of the spectrum from “Twilight.” Collet-Sera currently wants her “On The Road” costar (and onscreen love interest) Garrett Hedlund for the central role of Kaneda, so it does make sense to have her join the project. But “Akira” would be a very different role from anything Stewart has played in the past.

Offers are allegedly out to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter as well. There’s still the main role of Tetsuo — as significant a role as Hedlund’s Kaneda — to fill, as well as the titular Akira. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ezra Miller and Alden Eherenreich are the frontrunners to play Tetsuo.

Stewart would likely play the character Kei from the cult 1988 anime film. Kei is a young revolutionary who ends up teaming up with Kaneda on his quest to find Tetsuo. Sparks fly between the two young residents of Neo-Tokyo (or Neo-Manhattan, in the case of the remake) and Kaneda quickly becomes enamored with her. Though Kei doesn’t have any special psychic abilities like some of the other characters in the movie, the three Espers (one of which Bonham Carter could potentially play) do posses her at several points throughout the story.

“Harry Potter” screenwriter Steve Kloves penned the screenplay for “Akira.” Filming is set to start in the spring.

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The Best Of The Last

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

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

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

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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