Ken Watanabe May Don Uniform in “Akira”

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has been offered the part of The Colonel in the upcoming remake. Gary Oldman was originally being considered for the part, but negotiations broke down between Warner Brothers and his representatives. Watanabe is a highly venerated actor worldwide and his presence would likely help bolster the film’s performance in foreign markets, especially in Japan. There has been no confirmation yet as to whether or not he will take the role, but it is clear that Warner Brothers has its fingers crossed.

Watanabe is repped by and

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