You'd have thought Hollywood might have learned something after last year's race controversy surrounding the casting of M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender.' The movie, based on a popular animated series, got a great deal of negative press for placing white actors in roles that were far more ethnically diverse in the source material. Pundits took to calling the practice "white-washing," and unfortunately it still seems to be alive and well if the recent 'Akira' casting shortlist is to be believed.
Warner Bros. is set to produce a live-action version of the classic anime film, which is set in Neo-Tokyo and features main characters named Akira and Kaneda. Those names certainly have a Japanese flair to them, which makes it interesting to see actors like Robert Pattinson and Michael Fassbender on the list of potential actors to fill the roles.
This isn't sitting well with website Racebending -- an Internet destination launched in 2009 for the sole purpose of criticizing the casting of 'The Last Airbender' -- and they've started a new campaign so fans can let Warner Bros. know just how unhappy they are with this 'Akira' news.
Hit the jump for more details.