Morgan Freeman and Zac Efron join AKIRA? Morgan Freeman has been linked to a role in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Akira. According to reports thee actor has been contacted concerning the role of the Colonel, one of the main antagonists in the iconic manga series. Zac Efron has been offered one of the lead roles for the manga project, which was originally created by Katsuhiro Otomo. Albert Hughes is scheduled to begin production on the remake of Akira next year.