Actors ranging from James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Robert Pattinson and Michael Fassbender have circled the project in some form or fashion as the studio sought to find an A-list lead.
Now comes word that Reeves has held talks with the studio, with whom he already made the massively successful Matrix movies, for the part of Kaneda, the gang leader. Reeves doesn't yet have an offer for the role, but we hear the talks with his reps have been going well.
Now, this wouldn't have been too terrible...maybe 20 years ago. But the fact that this casting is going beyond just casting non-Asian actors (though let us not forget that Reeves has Chinese ancestry) and now looking towards far older persons to play these young roles (Reeves is currently 46) is troubling.
Further in the HR article:
"Reeves anchoring the project could serve as a strong lure for another A-lister to take the role of Tetsuo, the best friend."George Clooney turns 50 today, maybe he'd be a good choice?