Last week it was reported that Garret Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Friday Night Lights) was in early negotiations to play the role of Kaneda in a live action film adaptation of the Japanese magma Akira, written by Katsuhiro Otomo.
Twitch is now reporting that both Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter are in negotiations to also star in the film.
Oldman has been offered the role of Colonel, while Bonham-Carter has been offered the role of Lady Miyako.
Back in July, FOG reported that Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan) had been hired to direct the live action adaptation.
Akira takes place in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo and follows friends Tetsuo and Kaneda. Kaneda is a bike gang leader who gets involved with a resistance organization who plot acts of terrorism against the government. All the while Tetsuo, a member of another bike crew gains psychic powers which attracts the attention of the government and he becomes involved with a covert government project, called Akira. A bloody battle eventually ensues when Kaneda sets out out save his best friend.
Akira was made into an anime film back in 1988 by it's author Katsuhiro Otomo... check out the trailer: