It’s about time! Casting for the long-awaited live-action Akira film is under way, with a variety of names mentioned for possible roles. Among them, Gerrett Hedlund, who’s in talks to play Kaneda, according to Variety; to Keira Knightley, who’s been “approached,” according to Hollywood Reporter. Also in early stages (actors “asked”), are Gary Oldman as Colonel and Helena Bonham-Carter as Lady Miyako, according to Twitch.
The film will be based on the popular Kodansha manga.
Source: ICv2.com – “Akira Casting”