Akira Casting Rumors Abound!


Oldman, Bonham Carter, Knightley and others in their sights

Just days after it’s been strongly rumored that Garrett Hedlund was in talks to play the role of Kaneda in Jaume Collet-Sera’s adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s popular manga and anime Akira, Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter seem to be in a competition to see who can name more potential candidates for the anticipated live action sci-fi epic.

THR has posted a massive casting report on some of what’s going on around town, including two potential candidates for Tetsuo, who acquires deadly telekinetic powers after encountering a government experiment. They name Ezra Miller, the teen actor who has been getting rave notices for his role in We Need to Talk About Kevin and Alden Eherenreich, who made an impressive debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro, as two possible candidates.

Meanwhile, Deadline are claiming the exclusive ([editor’s note] – which is b.s. since Twitch broke it first) on Christopher Nolan’s Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman, being in line to play the Colonel, the military leader assigned to take down Tetsuo once they realize he may have enormous power.

THR also has mentioned Keira Knightley as an actress who has been approached for the movie in an undisclosed role.

Source: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Edward Douglas