BREAKING: Gary Oldman And Helena Bonham Carter Offered AKIRA.

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BREAKING: Gary Oldman And Helena Bonham Carter Offered AKIRA.
With the Jaume Collet-Sera helmed US remake of Akira now officially green lit the talk now turns to casting the beast. Word began to circulate late last week that Tron: Legacy star Garret Hedlund is in talks to play Kaneda and while ScreenAnarchy is indeed hearing those talks are ongoing - albeit in the early stages - there are two other parts that are much more advanced.

Twitch has learned that Gary Oldman has been offered the role of Colonel while Helena Bonham-Carter has been offered Lady Miyako.

Frankly I'm surprised to see Hedlund being offered another project on this scale following Tron - a film that succeeded financially despite him, not because of him - but any film that has a one-two of Oldman and Bonham Carter immediately assures itself of at least a certain degree of quality. I'd pay to watch these two read the phone book to each other, honestly.
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CuttermaranOctober 23, 2011 5:45 PM

I found Hedlund to be very charismatic in Tron Legacy.
A good, if not the best choice. But that's just IMO.

Ard VijnOctober 23, 2011 8:12 PM

I didn't hate Hedlund in Tron Legacy either, or rather he's the least of that film's problems. The fact that his character had virtually (haha) nothing to do hurts that film more than the fact that he is played by Garret Hedlund.

However, I have this creepy sensation that he was chosen because he was the first name that popped into some executive's mind when thinking of a guy on a futuristic motorcycle...

Todd BrownOctober 24, 2011 8:52 AM

Fair enough on Hedlund. And, really, with him only really having the one big film to his credit it's early to say he's a bad choice even if you didn't like that film. There's not much to judge from so far.

maxycatOctober 24, 2011 12:29 PM

It's a shame more isn't out yet for On the Road, but it got pushed back to 2012 because Walter Salles is still editing it, but Garrett was handpicked by Salles and Francis Ford Coppola to play Dean Moriarty, a role that was once offered to Marlon Brando. Before it got moved, he was on a lot of shortlists for possible Oscar nominations.

I don't think it's fair to judge him on only Tron, a role that was underwritten. He did a good job with some bad dialogue and weird pacing, especially in the middle of the movie. I think there was so much attention to the special effects, getting the suits to light up, etc that everyone, including Jeff Bridges, suffered to some degree.

Garrett's been great in other projects - Death Sentence, Friday Night Lights, Four Brothers. And he was praised across the board for Country Strong, even though the movie wasn't a critical hit. And he was so convincing as a country singer that people were surprised to find out he had never sung or played guitar before getting the movie.

Todd BrownOctober 24, 2011 2:02 PM

I'm hoping On The Road finally proves to be a decent film for Sam Riley ... that poor guy has been in so many bad movies since Control and he's so talented.

maxycatOctober 24, 2011 2:16 PM

I agree - Sam was so good in Control and it's like he's been in a holding pattern ever since. He's said in interviews that he didn't want to wind up doing a superhero movie just so he could have a career.

On The Road will be a turning point for both Sam and Garrett and I can't wait to see it. Both of them have been attached to it for years and put so much time and preparation into it.

Todd BrownOctober 24, 2011 2:17 PM

He did a superhero movie! A bad one!

MarsHottentotOctober 24, 2011 2:22 PM

I bet Hedlund was chosen because he was in a film that was high profile so they can throw Tron around during the promotion phase but, essentially, he's a blank slate. It's unlikely that any 'name' would attach themselves as the lead in a potentially disastrous film. If they screw this up further than it's cultural impediment, careers could be deep sixed (not Carter or Oldman - it Tip Toes didn't do it, nothing will!).

Todd BrownOctober 24, 2011 2:33 PM

I kind of get where you're coming from but I don't think it's expensive enough to absolutely squelch a career. Oldman and Bonham Carter are fireproof at this point, absolutely, but I think for Hedlund to bite it he'd have to be in two high profile flops in a row. If this tanked and then he did another one that tanked right after, then he'd be done. But if it's just this one he'll drop down a notch and get a chance to prove himself with something in the $30 mil range.

I've just realized the upside to this, however: Nowhere on this page does it say 'Channing Tatum' or 'Shia Lebeouf'. Suddenly Hedlund looks awesome.

MarsHottentotOctober 24, 2011 2:38 PM

It ain't cast yet! Any word on the DP?

Todd BrownOctober 24, 2011 5:00 PM

Haven't heard anything on tech crew. I should take a look to see if Colett-Sera has a preferred guy that he tends to work with ...

BrianOctober 25, 2011 1:38 AM

Are they really going to keep the Japanese names with British and American actors? This aught to be hilarious..And i know people like rubberneck at car crashes..but all the rubber neckers are gonna get to see a 100 car pile up on this one!

I can't imagine what they are thinking by not at least hiring Japanese American actors to play the parts. And guess what..for a movie like this, its ok to use fact, it will probably work out for the best if hey did!

MarkOctober 25, 2011 2:55 PM

Hmmm... well, Garrett's shown he can ride a bike, but I don't know if he'd be convincing as a gang leader type guy. Or as a person of asian descent.

Oldman would be a good fit for the Colonel if he gained a few pounds and worked out for about 12 solid months without a break :)

And is Helena actually so old that she can play Miyako? She's supposed to be, like, 80 years old... There's surely a place for her in the cast, but that doesn't seem to be the right one.

zinjoOctober 26, 2011 7:54 PM

If you are going to backload a film with star power, use it to find an outstanding unknown(s) to play the title role(s).

That's the way it has always been done and it has worked great for nearly 100 years!

Hedlund should be taking roles to balance his career in other genres. He's done SciFi, supporting roles, time to move up and take a starring role in an indie film to establish himself.