Word comes via The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog that the latest actress to be approached concerning a role in Warner Bros.' live-action Akira film is none other than Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean, Domino). The role in question was not specified.
Just earlier today Variety confirmed Tron Legacy's Garrett Hedlund as being in talks with Warner to play the lead of the Jaume Collet-Serra directed film. Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter, while not confirmed, were tossed into the ring of possibilities a couple weeks ago.
As for Knightley, let's have some fun with speculation, because we don't really know that particular roles from Katsuhiro Otomo's source material will even make it into the film. Our best guess? We're gonna go with Kei, tough female member of the terrorist resistance movement with whom Kaneda develops a strong relationship.
Tetsuo's girl Kaori is always a possibility, though less likely. Instead, with today's expert CG and makeup craft at work within Akira's generous $90 million budget, we'd like to see Knightley go all Esper as #25, Kiyoko.
Or we could just be WAY off and Keira Knightley will end up signing on to play a more organic, high concept version of Kaneda's famous bike. In all seriousness, which role do you see Knightley suited for, if any?