Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter wanted for Akira

Offered parts as the Colonel and Lady Miyako

 
No word yet on whether Garrett Hedlund has put pen to paper to star in the live action remake of Akira.
 
However, we do know where director Jaume Collet-Serra wants to splash some more of his $90m budget, having offered roles to Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter.  
 
It's rumoured that Oldman has been asked to play the Colonel, while Bonham Carter is wanted for the role of Lady Miyako.
 
Don't be surprised if her character isn't called Lady Miyako when the film rolls around in 2013, given that it is now set in New Manhattan rather than Neo-Tokyo. 
 
We have to admit we're cautious about this one. Still, if the production is going after talent of the calibre of Oldman and Bonham-Carter then it's taking a step in the right direction.

Who would you like to see fill the other roles in this movie? In particular who should play Tetsuo's girlfriend Kaori and freedom fighter Kei? Tell us below! 

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    • SixStepSamurai

      Oct 25th 2011, 23:07

      I say the late Zelda Rubinstein (Her from Poltergeist) would have been perfect for the role of Lady Miyako. How about Kathy Bates or Imelda Staunton? Gary Oldman's a good choice for the colonel, but I'm picturing someone like Ed Harris. He's got that whole commanding schtick down pat, as evidenced in The Rock and Call Of Duty: Black OPs.

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    • Trickycustomer

      Oct 26th 2011, 17:26

      ah the west steals yet another eastern treasure, look at it this way if this fails it ll only make the original even better :-D

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