Director Jose Padilha got off to a nice start with setting The Killing star Joel Kinnaman as the lead in the Robocop reboot, and now he’s landed a very fine actor to star alongside Kinnaman. Gary Oldman has signed on to star as Norton, the scientist who creates Robocop and “finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation.” Oldman’s a terrific actor and I’m eager to see how big of a role this Norton character will be in Padilha’s iteration of the story.
No production start-date has yet been set, but with an August 9th, 2013 release date looming the film is apparently eying a shoot in Toronto. Kinnaman recently talked about the film and said that he can’t imagine how it could be PG-13, so hopefully we’re in for an R-rated Robocop. That would definitely be a rarity in a sea of PG-13 actioners, but its possible that Ridley Scott’s R-rated Prometheus could alter studio thinking if it does really well.