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Garrett Hedlund Formally Offered Lead Role in 'Akira', Keira Knightley May Also Star

November 4, 2011 (4:01 am) GMT
The 'Tron Legacy' actor is officially in talks to play Kaneda in the manga-adapted film, while the 'Atonement' actress is approached for a yet-unspecified role.

is officially in negotiation to tackle the lead role in "". According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures has made a formal offer to the "" actor to take the part of Kaneda in the film adaptation of a Japanese manga by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Back in October, it was reported that 27-year-old Hedlund was the front-runner for the project, which will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. At that time, no financial offer was made to him because the film's budget had not been approved.

While Hedlund is close to play the lead character, Warners is still looking for more actors to star in the film. The Hollywood Reporter reported that has been approached to join the project, but her role is still unspecified.

It has been reported that "Harry Potter" stars and were also offered roles in "Akira". Oldman has been eyed to tackle the role of The Colonel, while Bonham Carter has been considered to play Lady Miyako.

The story of "Akira" follows Kaneda, a leader of motorcycle gang known as "The Capsules", who must save his best friend from being a medical experiment of the government. Back in 2008, Warners obtained the rights to "Akira" for a seven-figure deal from Kodansha. The development of this project, however, has been long-delayed due to budgetary issue.

will produce the upcoming cyberpunk sci-fi film along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Andrew Lazar. Meanwhile, the screenwriter of the "Harry Potter" film series, Steve Kloves, will serve as the screenwriter.

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