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Garrett Hedlund: Akira's Kaneda!

Garrett Hedlund: Akira's Kaneda!

Garrett Hedlund has been offered the lead role of Kaneda in WB’s live action, Akira, which will be helmed by director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax).

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Akira follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities from government medical experiments. Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter are also attached to the project as The Colonel and Lady Miyako, respectively.

Garrett, 27, first showed off his motorcycle skills in Tron: Legacy, which banked $172 million in worldwide box office tickets. Just this past Monday, he wore a wig while attending Maroon 5′s Halloween party held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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  • BEAN

    He’s so gorgeous

  • kami

    so cool. i love this guy. he’s a good actor who is very humble.

  • WTF?

    No. The lead actor should be Japanese. Are they seriously going to White Wash this film? This has disaster written all over it.

    I like Garrett too, but I’m looking forward to the sequel to Tron over this.

  • catchy

    if Oldman and Bonham-Carter are in this is a very good opportunity for him.
    this project has a chance to turn out very good.

  • pj

    I love Gary, Helena, and Garret, but come on. This is a joke, right?

  • Vanessa

    Garrett is an amazing and talented actor who will totally rock the part and definately do it justice, just like he has done in all his other roles. He will give it 100%.

  • From Paris with Love

    …and his voice *.*

  • Please!!!

    Sooooo excited!!

  • wanda

    Garrett is THE MAN. Loved the choice.

  • jj

    He’s perfect for the role of a Japanese character.

  • keira

    is he still doing leighton meester?

  • Renata

    The guy is good looking, he´s charming, no offence to him, but the lead actor for Akira should have been asian. Enough said.

  • K A Z simply

    How but its ok

  • :)

    @keira: He is more likely dating taylor swift. then Leighton LOL He was seen at her concert recently but taylor launter and reese witherspoon were also there so then again maybe not. Garrett also had rumors about Rashida Jones chucked at him. Once Tron came out Garrett was plagued with rumors about anyone and everyone he was seen with which happens when an actor finally” breaks through”. Taylor Swift wont’ be the last rumor that comes Garrett’s way as his career continues to climb and the spotlight gets more and more focused on him.
    He’ll have to get use to it.
    I love that he went to a Halloween party and didn’t dress up as anything just tossed a wig on at the last second. Haha. Priceless.

  • Rose

    I can’t wait to see Garrett in On the Road and the next Tron movie. I am a little worried about Akira but only because it has such a strong fan base that will have high expectations but if anyone can pull it off it’s Garrett. <3

  • Cam

    hopefully its half as good as this:

  • lily

    I adore Garrett. He is one of the most polite actors out there today. He always says thank you in interviews and to fans. He has manners. I want to see more of him and I am sure with Tron 3,On The Road and Akira he will go far.
    More Garrett please!!! :)

  • GEE

    So, basically, America’s idea of adaptation is whitewashing.

    I’m sure there are some Asian actors out there who are capable of handling this role. No offence to Hedlund; he’s just too white to play a Japanese character.

  • Midnight

    What is this bull? Are they serious? T_T Hollywood you fail, once again.