We have spent a lot of time discussing the casting choices being made/offered/rumored for Jaume Collet-Serra‘s live-action Akira. Kristin Stewart and Garret Hedlund are possibly attached to the production regardless of being white and terrible. Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman are names we have also heard, and while fantastic actors, are still rather Caucasian for a story that takes place in Neo-Tokyo. Well, and you might want to sit down for this, Warner Bros. is about to rock your cyberpunk dystopian world. They have reportedly contacted a Japanese actor to be in the movie.
According to Twitch Ken Watanabe (Last Samurai, Batman Begins, Inception) has been offered the role of The Colonel. Yes, Oldman was originally rumored to be the choice for the character, but apparently the WB and he could not reach an agreement. If you think about it, it’s a no brainer. Watanabe is great actor and his previous work both in the west and in Japan have earned him credibility and make him an asset to any movie. Hell, he even looks like the damn character.
Could this be the turning point where this obvious celluloid mistake turns around and becomes a great movie? Something nerds everywhere will enjoy just as much as the original?
There are also rumors out there that Keira Knightley, Michael Pitt and, Paul Dano may also find work on the film. One step forward and like 300 back, Warner Bros.
source: Slash Film