Akira recently received the green light from Warner Bros, and with that came the news that Tron: Legacy star Garret Hedlund is in talks to play lead character Kaneda. And now, according to a report over at Twitch, those early stage talks are still ongoing. However, there are two other actors who are also said to be closing in on roles in the planned adaptation of the popular manga. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘s Gary Oldman has been offered the role of Colonel while The King’s Speech star Helena Bonham Carter is being lined up to play Lady Miyako. Stay tuned for more on this news as it develops.
For those of you unfamiliar with the manga series, here is a synopsis.
Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes of World War III to become a dark and dangerous megalopolis infested with gangs and terrorists. The government seethes with corruption and only maintains a token control over the powerful military that prevents total chaos and hides the secrets of the past. Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda plunge into Neo-Tokyo’s darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject. Tetsuo, captured by the military, is subjected to experiments that make him a powerful psychic, but, unfortunately for Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo’s powers rage out of control and he lashes out at the world that has oppressed him!