Shocker: Someone Japanese May End up Starring in Akira After All

Ken WatanabeThat is, if “Batman Begins” and “Inception” actor Ken Watanabe says “Yes” to Warner Bros., who, according to the website Twitch, has been offered the role of The Colonel in the studio’s upcoming live-action take on Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s “Akira”.

Previous news had Gary Oldman being offered the role, but in interviews while doing press junkets for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, Oldman has confirmed that the role was offered, but apparently no deals were ever struck. And now it seems as if the studio is moving on to another Christopher Nolan regular in Watanabe.

If he says Yes and joins the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed film, Watanabe would play The Colonel, the head of the New Manhattan (formerly Neo-Tokyo) military dictatorship in the near future that hunts down a group of psychic kids, battling domestic terrorists and biker gangs along the way. A benevolent dictatorship, if you will.

“Tron: Legacy’s” Garrett Hedlund will play Kaneda, the head of one of those biker gangs, while a slew of actors are currently testing for Tetsuo, the other vital role in the film. Kristen Stewart, meanwhile, was recently offered the role of Kei, the female lead in the film, though we haven’t heard if she’s said Yes or No yet.

In a Hollywood adaptation that seems intent on white-washing the project, the casting of Watanabe would be highly ironic.

The Colonel in Akira Anime

Via : Twitch