Warner Bros. Wants Gary Oldman for AKIRA and ARTHUR & LANCELOT

     November 3, 2011

Earlier today, the news broke that Garrett Hedlund is now in talks to take on the lead role in Jaume Collett-Serra‘s Akira remake. Upset that they weren’t the outlet to break the news, Deadline has chimed in with the old news that Warner Bros. wants Gary Oldman to play the Colonel in the long-gestating project. However, in their report Deadline also revealed that Warner Bros. wants Oldman to star in their period fantasy pic Arthur & Lancelot. The Change-Up director David Dobkin is helming the fresh take on the King Arthur legend, and we recently reported that The Killing star Joel Kinnaman has won the role of Lancelot.

The studio is currently testing a number of actors to find their Arthur, but they apparently want Oldman to take on the role of Merlin. Whether Oldman is keen on the part remains to be seen, but he’s currently filming The Dark Knight Rises for the studio so one assumes they’ll be talking. Oldman is generating some serious awards buzz for his turn in the thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, so he’s understandably fielding a number of offers at the moment. Arthur & Lancelot opens March 15th, 2013.

  • I cry u smile

    I’m japanese and i’m one of the biggest fans of Akira and i can with out a doubt say that i’d love to see Gary Oldman in this movie he’s just such a great actor ^_^

  • wacko3205

    Credit where its due…Gary Oldman is a fantastic actor…& honestly I think that he’s a great choice for the Colonel.

    Once again…standing on my own off to the side…I’m in full support of an Americanized version of Akira. Especially the manga, which I might add, I loved twice as much as the animation film shot.

    To be honest, its kinda tuff for me to understand all the shock/hatred for the film. That being said…I wouldve loved (& still dont see why it never came about) a Japo live action film version.

    It clearly & easily couldve been an amazingly valueable deal for them.

    Anywho…can’t wait, high hopes, blah blah blah.

  • wacko3205

    Couldnt agree more with “I cry U smile”!!!

    Now lets just hope they (directors/studio/scripters/actors) don’t blow it.

  • zootcatchy

    looks like Arthur & Lancelot is gonna get a good cast, they also wanted Kit Harington as I remember.

    jeez, I love Oldman so much :)

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