Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter to star in sci-fi film

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 16:27 PM IST

Los Angeles: British actors Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter are all set to star in upcoming sci-fi film `Akira`.

Oldman and Carter, who played Sirius Black and Bellatrix Lestrange respectively in the `Harry Potter` film franchise, have been offered to play The Colonel and Lady Miyako in the anime-adapted movie project, reported Ace Showbiz.

Earlier there were reports that Garrett Hedlund would play the protagonist Kaneda.

Oldman will play the Colonel who is the head of secret government project who conducts a research on psychic test subjects.

Meanwhile, Lady Miyako is a priestess who is also a major ally of Kaneda and his best friend Kei.

To be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, `Akira` centers on Kaneda, a leader of motorcycle gang known as The Capsules. He must save his best friend, who has a destructive psychokinetic abilities, from being a medical experiments of the government.

The story is based on Katsuhiro Otomo`s 1988 anime of the same title.

Leonardo DiCaprio is the producer along with Jennifer Davidsson Killoran and Andrew Lazar. Meanwhile, Steve Kloves, who wrote the scripts for the `Harry Potter` film franchise, will serve as the screenwriter for the upcoming cyberpunk sci-fi project.

PTI