What you need to know

  • Akira will hit theaters on May 21, 2021.
  • The live-action adaptation is being directed by Taika Waititi.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce.

Taika Waititi's live-action adaptation of Akira will ride into theaters on May 21, 2021. Incidentally, that's the same day John Wick 4 is set to hit theaters.

Akira is a popular manga and anime created by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, the cyberpunk series tells the story of a teen named Kaneda, who must stop his former friend, Tetsuo, from further destroying Tokyo with his telekinetic abilities.

No further details about Waititi's Akira have been announced, including who will star. We do know, however, that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce.

Hollywood has had a difficult time adapting popular manga into successful movies. A few years ago, Scarlet Johansson starred in Ghost in the Shell, which was shrouded in controversy due to whitewashing. Although the movie was praised for its visual style, its box office gross was low.

Waititi is coming off a string of successes, including Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok. The director is also helming an episode for The Mandalorian, a new live-action Star Wars show coming to Disney+ in November.

When Waititi was first announced to direct Akira, Deadline reported the intention is to make two Akira films, with the first covering the first three films in Otomo's series.

Akira hits theaters on May 21, 2021.