Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spot
'You've meddled with something you don't understand...'
John Wick Duo Wanted To Direct Cowboy Ninja Viking
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski may corral Chris Pratt
Karl Urban Joins Pete's Dragon Remake
He's replacing Michael C. Hall
Meet The New Jurassic World Dino
Indominus Rex, what big teeth you have...
Rachael Taylor Join's Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones
She'll play Trish Walker
Noam Murro Says Blink
On to direct a new thriller
Terminator Genisys Super Bowl Spot Online
Watch out for back-flipping buses...
Jay Roach Rounds Up Mad Dogs
He'll direct the action comedy
Insurgent Super Bowl Ad Launches
Tris is The One
Ted 2 Trailer Slides Online
Can Ted prove he's a person?
Podcast 146: Alex Garland, Paul Thomas Anderson
It's a kind of magic...
Exclusive: First Still From The 9th Life Of Louis Drax
Jamie Dornan is a man on wires
Teaser Trailer For Spooks: The Greater Good
Harry's spy game?
Matthew McConaughey Is Born To Run
And he's also struck Gold
Paul Bettany Says Marvel Has Plans For The Vision
Multi-film deal ahoy!
Geoffrey Rush Considers Himself Lionel Bart
Playing the composer in Vadim Jean's biopic
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
27 January 2015
Tom Hardy Hunts A Killer In The Child 44 Trailer
But how do you solve a crime the state won't acknowledge?
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Pan
17 July 2015
Cinderella
27 March 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Unbroken (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Paranoia (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Non-Stop (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Robocop (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Gary Oldman Offered Akira?
Helena Bonham Carter also up for a role

23 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Twitch

submit to reddit

Gary Oldman Offered Akira?

Now that it has finally stumbled out of the development forest and emerged blinking into the greenlight of pre-production, Warner Bros.’ live-action remake of classic anime Akira is wasting no time trying to lock down cast members. The latest actors rumoured to be on the receiving end of offers? Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter.

The team at Twitch has heard that Oldman and Carter – both big names, respected actors and well known to the Warners bods given their roles in the Harry Potter series – are being sought to play a colonel and Lady Miyako respectively.

From the sounds of Carter’s role, the original film’s setting of Neo Tokyo may yet be retained, though it could just be a fan-pleasing nod. For now, of course, this all remains in the world of rumour as neither actor is confirmed to be in negotiations.

The same is currently true for Tron Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund, who is apparently the frontrunner for the lead role of a biker gang boss who must deal with the apocalyptic fallout when his friend is kidnapped and used in a government experiment to tap his psychokinetic abilities to terrifying effect.

With Unknown’s Jaume Collet-Serra aiming to start directing from Steve Kloves’ script early next year, except plenty more Akira casting stories to start leaking out before long…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Eric Bana Will Be Elvis
And Danny Huston's Nixon in a new pic
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Story plot
Make sure the plot or screenplay of the movie is similar to the actual comics. Hope to see the movie soon. I love the comics, read them at least 20 each. More

Posted by Anthony1130 at 20:50 on 04 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Gary Oldman Offered Akira?
Rather than casting white actors in the roles, why not just change the character names? I don't even think changing the setting to Neo LA would make a difference. Better that than a situation like Airbender; where the paranoid losers on the internet lose their shit at "racist" Hollywood... More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 15:59 on 24 October 2011 | Report This Post

As much as I have alot of time for both actors, I still think that it should be an all Japanese cast. I hope they retain Neo Tokyo at least, although now I am trying to figure out which 'Hollywood' actor would make a good Keneda and Tetsuo... More

Posted by eddybaby83 at 15:29 on 24 October 2011 | Report This Post

If this must be...
then I say do it right. I saw the headline on Empire's Facebook page and commented that the roles GO et HBC should play are exactly what is reported here. EGO BOOST!!! Apart from that, I don't see why this movie couldn't be set in Neo Toyko. Yeah, have American (white) leads, but you can have a biker gang comprised of American, Japanese, whatever. The role of Kaneda could be changed to that of a rebellious army brat (cept now grown) who had taken in Tetsuo (also an army brat who got picked More

Posted by Johnny_A at 10:52 on 24 October 2011 | Report This Post

Not sure..
I just can't see this working - this is such an architypal Japanese story that I can't see it translating properly, the idea of phsycics in the western world doesn't have quite the same impact as it does in the east, I don't see how they can build the same story and keep faithful to the orgiginal material. More

Posted by Simon124 at 10:29 on 24 October 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Colin Firth And Taron Egerton Talk Kingsman: The Secret Service
Plus Samuel L. Jackson on bad-guy duties

A Brief History Of The Ring
Everything you need to know about the J-horror reboot

The X-Men TV Series: 10 Possible Plotlines
Mutants on a budget? We suggest some ideas for Fox’s new franchise extension

10 Kid-Friendly Marvel Comics That Could Be The Next Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios have a lot to play with elsewhere in the Marvelverse

20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)