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Garrett Hedlund, who has somehow been left holding the bag as the only actor committed to Akira even with production on hold, now has time to pursue a much more promising project. According to Variety, he's in negotiations to join Inside Llewyn Davis, the new project from the Coen Brothers about a folk singer making his way through the Greenwich Village music scene in the 1960s. Oscar Isaac is already set to play the lead role, but Hedlund proved his singing ability in Country Strong and could easily play another performer.

Inside Llewyn Davis is gearing up for production in New York soon, and there's a plenty strong cast already in place-- Coens go-to guy John Goodman is set for a role, and Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Jeanine Serralles and F. Murray Abraham are all set to work with the brothers for the first time. It goes without saying that Llewyn Davis is high on any "most anticipated of 2012 list," and even though production is just now starting, it seems likely the quick-working Coens could finish the film in time for a late year release. Will Hedlund get a chance to show off some acting skill before he gets tossed into the gears of a giant movie like Akira? If negotiations pan out, he'll get one more movie to put between himself and the already badly aged Tron: Legacy.