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“Akira” live-action remake supposedly targeting Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham-Carter

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It didn’t take very long after Warner Bros. greenlit their upcoming “Akira” live action remake for casting rumors to take off. The latest comes from Twitch, who have learned that two high profile British actors have been offered major roles in the movie. According to insiders, Gary Oldman has been offered the role of The Colonel while Helena Bonham-Carter has been offered Lady Miyako.

Only last week, it was announced that “Tron: Legacy” star Garrett Hedlund is reportedly the lead choice to play Shotaro Kaneda, the main character in the film. While the movie focuses largely around the relationship between Kaneda his friend Tetsuo Shima, both The Colonel and Miyako are major roles.

The Colonel is the head of a government project that is trying to prevent Tetsuo from releasing a terribly power on Neo Tokyo. He takes care of The Espers, three psychic test subjects who exhibit paranormal powers. Miyako is one of these Espers. If Bonham-Carter were to play this role, her appearance would probably be created in CGI, as the Espers resemble children with wrinkled faces and have white hair and blue skin.

This will be the first time Oldman and Bonham-Carter have worked together since “Harry Potter,” another WB property. There’s no word yet on when “Akira,” which is slated to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, is set to go in front of the camera. The adaptation of the cult 1988 Japanese anime has been given a $90 million budget, so it will likely be told on a comparatively small, gritty scale.

Do you think Oldman and Bonham-Carter are good additions to the cast of “Akira”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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