With the production of the Americanized live action Akira movie getting the official green light, the casting rumors are starting to swirl around the internet. As we’d said before, current front runner for the lead role as Kaneda is Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy). Ready to hear what other white folk are getting shoehorned into Japanese characters? I’m going to warn you… they are both very very white.
I’ll put the reveal behind the jump for those that don’t want spoilers and the rest of us that just don’t want to know.
First up, Colonel Shikishima. also known as simply The Colonel – The current head of the ongoing government project which was responsible for inadvertently unleashing Akira’s power thirty years earlier. Appearing tough and ruthless, he is nevertheless pragmatic enough to recognize the danger Tetsuo’s fledgling powers pose and cares genuinely for the three Espers under his supervision. Amongst the other government figures depicted in the film, he is shown to be the most principled, eschewing the corruption and hedonism that typifies Neo-Tokyo, adhering instead to a strict code of soldierly honour. (wikipedia)
Next? Lady Miyako The high priestess of a temple in Neo-Tokyo. It is revealed later that she was one of the test subjects for the secret project and was Designated #19.
Honestly, I am still digesting this news. I love the work of both of them and they actually kind of do fit the roles… maybe..? Could this movie not be a total train wreck?
Short answer, yes. Also keep in mind these are just rumors. Rumors about a movie that (if there is any good left in the world) might not be made. I don’t want to harp on it, but this movie just seems like a bad idea from the get-go. It’s something deep in the nerd soul as anime, as japanese, as not starting that cardboard cut out from Tr2n. Stop making me second guess my nerd rage by attaching names like Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter. You’re not playing fair, internet.