Will Morgan Freeman play the Colonel in Akira?

We learned last week that Zac Efron is in talks to play Kaneda in Albert Hughes' live action adaptation of Akira. We've now discovered that Morgan Freeman may play Neo-Tokyo Neo-New York military man Colonel Shikishima.

Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Freeman is in the running to play the hard-bitten Colonel in charge of the psychokinetic Espers and the experiments on Tetsuo Shima. What do you say, io9ers — could you see Freeman playing this guy? He can certainly pull off the gravitas for the role.