A month after bringing in writer Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) to provide the screenplay for RoboCop, MGM and director Jose Padilha have found the man they want to play the crime-fighting cyborg.
Deadline is reporting that Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing") has signed on the dotted line to play Alex Murphy, the role in which Peter Weller played in Paul Verhoeven's 1987 film. With production scheduled to begin this summer, expect casting of Kinnaman's co-stars to heat up in the near future.
While it's too early in development to provide an updated plot concept, director Padilha recently told ComingSoon what he plans for the remake:
"I have my take on it.And I can tell you this: In the first 'RoboCop' when Alex Murphy is shot, gunned down, then you see some hospitals and stuff and then you cut to him as RoboCop. My movie is between those two cuts. How do you make RoboCop? How do you slowly bring a guy to be a robot? How do you actually take humanity out of someone and how do you program a brain, so to speak, and how does that affect an individual?"
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