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ROBOCOP Lead Star Confirmed

Joel Kinnaman confirmed to play Alex Murphy in RoboCop remake.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 04, 2012
Source: Deadline

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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hardballcm 3/4/2012 2:38:11 PM

Wrong year, Robocop was a 1987 film. Film studios had CGI by 1997, it would have made Robocop 2 much more entertaining and less claymation...

hanso 3/4/2012 2:44:30 PM

 Who?

Wiseguy 3/4/2012 2:56:34 PM

This cat was great in The Killing. Whether or not that means he'll be great as RoboCop is another thing but I'm interested

JarrodSarafin 3/4/2012 3:00:16 PM

Good catch, hardball. Those 8 and 9 keys are so close together...And as Wiseguy says, Joel was damn good in "The Killing," Hanso. You should check it out when you have a chance.

hanso 3/4/2012 4:17:14 PM

 I don't want to checkout The Killing, I'm still mad that the first season ended without solving Rosie's murder, and I didn't even watch the show.  I read tons of article calling the finale a piece of crap, so I'm not interesed in the show.  Did catch like two eps when it started but didn't do it for me.

JarrodSarafin 3/4/2012 5:25:58 PM

Fine, you stubborn man.

keithdaniel 3/4/2012 8:53:53 PM

Don't know this guy!

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 3/4/2012 9:04:41 PM

What's it matter if you know him? How many bad ass actors have you discovered out of nowhere? A lot I bet. I think this guy can pull it off. He's has this subdued bad ass quality to him.

hfc7036 3/4/2012 10:48:03 PM

 I have a feeling this RoboCop redo is gonna be good!  I don't have any clue why, but I really really do.

Arnor83 3/5/2012 4:08:37 AM

 He's a great actor. This is a real interesting choice.

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