Ken Watanabe Offered The Colonel in Akira

Twitch is reporting that Gary Oldman has passed on the role of The Colonel in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Akira and that the part has been offered to Ken Watanabe instead. If the deal goes through, he would be joining Garrett Hedlund in director Jaume Collet-Serra’s adaptation.

The Colonel is the military leader assigned to take down Tetsuo once they realize he may have enormous power.

Akira is based on anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s six-volume graphic novel masterwork. The film is said to take place in “New Manhattan,” a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years ago.

The studio has not set a release date for the film yet.

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