Warner Bros have approached the Inception actor to play the role of the Colonel in the live action remake of Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary manga, reports Twitch Film.
Gary Oldman had already been tapped for the part but is apparently now out of the running.
Various rumours about the casting have linked Kristen Stewart to the role of Kei, Helena Bonham Carter to Lady Miyako, Ezra Miller to Tetsuo and Keira Knightley to an unknown role.
Akira was famously adapted into the 1988 anime film. It follows the adventures of biker gang leader Kaneda as he attempts to rescue his friend Tetsuo from the government, which has kidnapped him to exploit his latent psychic powers.
Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund has been cast in the leading role of Kaneda, with Unknown's Jaume Collet-Serra attached to direct.
Watch the trailer to the Akira anime below (warning: explicit content):