Tron: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund in Talks for Akira

Garrett Hedlund in Tron: Legacy (2000) Movie Image Looks like this movie is finally moving forward. Earlier this year, we reported that a live-action version of the popular Japanese manga “Akira” was actually going to happen, with Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy being considered for the role of Tetsuo, while the more vital role of Kaneda is being narrowed down to Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix.

Then in October, the film got the official green-light from Warner Bros. with “Tron: Legacy” star Garrett Hedlund still being considered for one of the lead roles.

Well, cut to today, and the “Country Strong” star is now in talks for the role of Kaneda.

WB acquired the tentpole project for a seven-figure sum from Japanese manga publisher Kodansha in 2008. Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experiments.

Jaume Collet-Serra is on board to helm with Steve Kloves writing the latest version of the script. Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing with Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar.

Via : Variety



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  • X_p

    im not sure how i feel about this. I LOVE this movie and og story. the changes their making seem idk…the whitewash you know? is it insulting yet? is it worth talking about? will it effect the movie?

  • Virginnerd

    Gaybert Pattinson! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Billy

    Garrett is a pretty good actor. Those who saw Country Strong knows that. Very good choice.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      Regardless of how good an actor he is, i think he’s going to have a hard time passing as a teenager.

      • imrickjames

        I would say they would have to age the characters a little, teenagers don’t hangout in bars and can’t afford motorcycles. They will have to be at least 21

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Seriously going the worng route. I don’t see this doing well, but whatever

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      Sometimes you can only throw your hands up in the air and say “whatever.” There’s no rationalizing what people are thinking sometimes. This casting and direction is even more out there then Cruise in One Shot. At least for that, you realize they needed him for his box office clout.