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“Akira” gets two high-profile cast members?

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.

Say what you want about his past, Sirius had style...

Yep, Gary Oldman has been offered the part of the Colonel.

It's a look.

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…

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Warner Brothers are making a live action “Akira”.

On a day which also saw the Wachowskis announce their return to large-scale SF film-making, Warner Brothers have now confirmed a green-light for the live action adaptation of the hugely influential anime and manga “Akira”.

If they cast Shia LaBeouf in this, I'm quitting the planet. Does Saturn have good wi-fi?

Working with a troubling budget of $90 million – that doesn’t sound like a whole heck of a lot to mount a science fiction blockbuster set in a foreign country in the future with tons of pyrotechnics (literal and figurative) – is the director of sleeper hits “Orphan” and “Unknown”, Jaume Collet-Serra.  I confess to being wholly unfamiliar with his work, but that’s my oversight.

Down town Sheffield, yesterday.

A previous script draft was worked on by awesome nerd Gary Whitta (former editor of PC Gamer, contributor to the “Tested” podcast and writer of “The Book of Eli”) but this latest iteration is in the very safe hands of Steve Kloves, who wrote the lion’s share of the “Harry Potter” series.

Your man Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company is producing and the major hurdle to be addressed now is one of casting – are we going to see a cast of Anglo pretty boys in lead roles or does Warner Brothers have the foresight to at least stay partially true to the source material and cast Asian actors?

The rumour that Garrett Hedlund – who I really enjoyed in “Tron: Legacy” – has been offered the role of Kaneda suggests that the issue of ‘race-bending’ is still with us, unfortunately.

 

 

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