Twitch (bookmark it – it’s awesome) are reporting the intriguing possibility that Jaume Collet-Sera’s live action adaptation of “Akira” is beginning to round-up an intriguing cast, to perhaps beset some of the Internet’s worries about the project.
Yep, Gary Oldman has been offered the part of the Colonel.
And the mighty Helena Bonham-Carter is being offered the role of Lady Miyako.
I can understand Warner Brothers wanting to keep things in the family – both actors, of course, can be seen in multiple “Harry Potter” installments and Collet-Sera has made low-cost, sleeper hits for the WB since his “House of Wax” iteration.
I’m still somewhat bothered about the reported budget, though. Far be it from me to say that you have to spend over the odds to deliver a convincing view of the future – I’m a big fan of “District 9”, which was by no means a budget-buster – but $90 million? Unless this version of “Akira” is set in a supermarket stock room, I’m not filled with confidence…