Gary Oldman Wanted for Akira and Arthur & Lancelot

Gary OldmanI love how Warner Bros. works. Apparently when the studio goes after an actor, they don’t come calling with one role in one movie in mind, they come with two, sometimes three. It’s like, “Hey, we like you; wanna star in this movie for us? How about this? Or how about this one?” Hell, it’s probably the only efficient thing big Hollywood movie studios do. God knows they don’t do anything else all that efficiently.

Anyways, the man being chased by Warner Bros. at the moment is Gary Oldman, who is apparently getting all kinds of acclaim for his role in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”. Warner has reportedly offered Oldman (who can also be seen in the studio’s “The Dark Knight Rises” later next year) the role of the Colonel in their live-action “Akira” and that of Merlin in their latest take on the Arthurian legend in “Arthur & Lancelot”.

No word on what Oldman will end up picking, but it’s a good bet he’ll pick one or the other, or possibly both. It’s not like he’s the lead, so his work schedule should permit both movies. Honestly, I can see him as the Colonel. If he does sign on, he’ll end up starring alongside “Tron: Legacy’s” Garrett Hedlund, who has recently begun negotiations to play one of the two male leads (probably Kaneda, the juicier of the two roles).

Meanwhile, “Arthur & Lancelot” will be from David Dobkin, directing from his own script, with “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman being pursued by the studio for Lancelot.

Via : Deadline