One of the main problems Akira has had getting made as a live-action Hollywood movie has been finding actors to play the lead roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo. However the movie has now been given the greenlight without any actors attached to those parts (it got the go-ahead last week based on $60 million being cut off the budget, which originally stood at $150 million).
It seems the idea is to start casting some of the other roles, and then fill in the leads later (although Garrett Hedlund is still said to be first choice to play Kaneda). Twitch says Warner Bros. wants Gary Oldman to play a colonel in the movie, while Helena Bonham Carter is being sought for the role of Lady Miyako. Sadly though not much more is known about either of these characters.
Jaume Collet-Serra is set to direct early in the new year, so expect plenty more casting news between then and now.
General movie news courtesy of Movie Muser