Another week, another live-action AKIRA development. Now that the movie’s moving ahead, for sure, with Jaume Collet-Sera at the helm, the casting rumor mill’s started a’grinding a'gain. Twitch Film says that Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter are up to play Colonel Shikishima and Lady Miyako, respectively (though the names will likely be different in this particular spin on the story.)
Both of these actors are real chameleons with long and diverse filmographies, but you lunatics will probably best known Oldman as Commissioner Gordon from the latest BATMAN movies and Carter as Bellatrix LeStrange from the HARRY POTTER flicks. Even if they are chameleons, should this casting go through, the parts will obviously be re-worked to fit their types instead of the other way around.
The debate about the appropriateness of this remake will persist until long after the Blu-Ray’s been released, I figure. Whether you think this movie’s warranted or not, you’d be hard pressed to find better actors to fill out these supporting roles around Garrett Hedlund. Again, if these rumors prove true, it’ll demonstrate some seriousness about the casting, at the least - - and that should give some comfort, right?