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Keira Knightley Eyed for Akira

Confirming Thursday’s report that Garrett Hedlund is in negotiations to star in Warner Bros.’ Akira, Heat Vision adds another name to the mix: Keira Knightley. Yes, her.

There’s no mention of who the Pirates of the Caribbean actress might play in the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s groundbreaking cyberpunk manga and anime. However, the likely candidate is Kei, a young revolutionary who becomes the love interest of carefree gang leader Kaneda (Hedlund) in his search for his friend Tetsuo.

Serialized from 1982 to 1990, Akira is set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo  — it’s changed to New Manhattan for the U.S. movie — gripped by gang violence and anti-government terrorism. When Tetsuo, a young member of a biker gang, manifests telepathic powers, he draws the attention of the government, which fears he poses a threat.

After several setbacks, including the loss of director Albert Hughes in May, the $90 million movie was finally greenlit two weeks ago, with Unknown‘s Jaume Collet-Serra at the helm. Warner Bros. has made offers to Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Hedlund and Knightley, but so far only Hedlund has entered negotiations. Oldman would play the Colonel and Bonham Carter the high priestess Lady Miyako.

Production is expected to begin on Akira in late February or early March.


  • Sam

    my expectations were already low and it’s an other big step lower. And I’m sure the free fall is not over.

  • Jessica

    She’s perfect for the role! I see her as a great and versatile actress! I hope I can watch her at  online tv  tvhook. She’s one of my fave actresses.

  • Sam

    versatile? great actress? When?
    She’s a Natalie Portman knock-off and her biggest career achievement is to not be confused with Portman anymore.
    She looks and play like a coat hanger.

  • Anonymous

    Sure she’s pretty but come on she’s the least of the problems Akira has going for it.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    Disagree. Why the hate? She’s really good in costume dramas.