Pattinson competing for lead role in Akira

The Twilight hunk, fellow Brit and new Spider-man Garfield and X:Men star McAvoy will duke it out for the role of Tetsuo in the movie project, according to reports.

Meanwhile Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix are being considered for the opposing role, Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang who tries to save Tetsuo from a medical experiment, reports Deadline.com.

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