It's official! Tron: Legacy star offered lead in live-action Akira

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Dec 15, 2012

Bumps in the road aside, that live-action Akira adaptation seems to be heading in the right direction now, and it may soon have a star. After lots of speculation that he was in the running, we're now hearing that Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund has an official offer to star in the flick.

For two weeks now, word on the street has been that director Jaume Collet-Sera (Unknown) wanted Hedlund for the lead role of Kaneda in his Americanized flick, and now Twitch is reporting that the powers that be at Warner Bros. have agreed and delivered an offer for Hedlund's consideration.

Hedlund could still turn down the role, but it could be his next big career bump, and given that Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman have also reportedly been offered roles, it would definitely be a tough thing for a rising young star to refuse.

Not bad progress for a flick that not too long ago seemed like it might never happen. Budget cuts and a new director seem to have saved Akira, but how's the casting going so far? Would you see this flick with Hedlund in the lead?

(via Twitch)

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