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Ken Watanabe May Replace Gary Oldman in "Akira"

Posted: November 23rd, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Ken Watanabe May Replace Gary Oldman in "Akira"Submit Comment
Just a few days ago Gary Oldman was talking about "Akira" and now comes word that Warner Bros wasn't able to close his deal and is now looking at Ken Watanabe (Inception) to replace him. If Watanabe is signed, he'll be the only Japanese actor in an all-white cast, despite "Akira" being a Japanese property.

The other actors, in various stages of negotiations, are Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) as the gang leader Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) as Ky Reed, a woman who is part of an underground movement who teams with Kaneda to expose the government for turning orphans into living weapons.

Alden Eherenreich (Tetro), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Michael Pitt (Funny Games) is in talks to play Tetsuo, who acquires deadly telekinetic powers. Helena Bonham Carter is also in negotiations. And if cast, Watanabe will play the Colonel, the military leader assigned to take down Tetsuo.

Source: Twitch


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NotAmerican writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 4:51:51 AM

While I like Gary Oldman I think Watanabe is a better idea and not just because he's Japanese.
Johnnyb writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 5:08:47 AM

Even I donīt agree with this live action film, it was the best news for this. I hope the other cast be remove too and find japanese actors as well!!!!!!
bandolero999 writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 6:15:32 AM

Movie still gonna be horrible

Can't wait to see a white kid play Tetsuo

Hope This sh*t bombs harder than Dragonball and Streetfighter
bandolero999 writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 6:17:17 AM

If the Japanese haven't made Akira a live action film it means that is not necessary
boogiel writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 7:10:11 AM

I respect Oldman,but Watanabe looks more like the character then him. They should bring more japanese or american born japanese actors. There're a lot of them: Hiroyuki "henry" sanada, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa to name a few.
Benji writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 7:12:34 AM

is there any one who thinks this is a good idea at this point?
trailertrash writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 8:56:36 AM

^ Ken Watanabe maybe ..
SACdaddy writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 9:23:01 AM

The minute they cast Garrett Hedlund in this I lost all faith and interest. He's the worst actor in Hwood and he specializes in tanking films. I have no idea how he ever gets cast in films.
bandolero999 writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 11:10:41 AM

Wat the hell is a garret hedlund?

Besides Tron he wasn't really known
potofgold writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 11:45:02 AM

there you go wb. cast the token asian guy to show you understand why so many are upset, and then make him be the bad guy. watanabe is too good for this movie.
Rambo writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 12:14:41 PM

replace the twilight bitch and maybe you'll have a chance to make this movie bearable
Cinemaisdead writes:
on November 23rd, 2011 at 12:15:33 PM

Gary Oldman is the best actor of this generation he probably didn't wanna be seen in the same film as Kristen Stewart. Bitch has got as much range as a retarded baby throwing a shot put.
ZenShark writes:
on November 25th, 2011 at 2:38:19 AM

this is going to suck monkey balls.
technoreaper writes:
on November 26th, 2011 at 6:42:17 PM

Sounds like the biggest joke ever in Hollywood. And that's saying something. I pray to god this gets canned. What happened to sanity?

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