Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter Offered Roles in Live Action ‘Akira’

Barely under a week that Warner Brothers Pictures green lit the live action adaptation of “Akira,” a web site is already reporting offers were made to a couple of actors for roles in the movie.

Twitch has reported actors Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter were offered roles in “Akira.” Oldman was offered the role of Colonel and Bonham-Carter would play Lady Miyako.

Earlier this week, an article by Variety reported actor Garrett Hedlund is a front-runner for one of the two male leads in the film.

The adapted film version will be an action film in New Manhattan rather than post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo. The storyline revolves around Kaneda saving his best friend from a medical experiment that threatens to unleash destructive powers.

Oldman will be seen in the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “The Wettest County in the World.” Bonham-Carter will be seen next year in “Dark Shadows” with Johnny Depp. She is also part of the cast of the upcoming “Great Expectations” and “Les Miserables.”

Warner Brothers Pictures and Legendary Pictures acquired the adaptations rights to “Akira” in 2008 for a seven-figure monetary figure from manga publisher Kodansha. Insiders told Variety the project may be estimated around $90 million. The original intention is to make two films to cover the three books in the series.

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