Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake could have just gotten a big boost of star power. The story comes from The Tracking Board, which has had some hits and misses when it comes to scoops, but they’re reporting that Edward Norton, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Rebecca Hall are attached to the action remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film about a cyborg police officer. More details below.
Here’s what The Tracking Board had to say about the roles each actor would be playing in the new version, which will feature “The Killing” star Joel Kinnaman as the robotic enforcer this time around:
Edward Norton is circling to, fittingly enough, play the role of Norton, the brilliant mastermind behind bringing Robocop to life…Also circling are Gael Garcia Bernal and Rebecca Hall in strong supporting roles. Bernal would look to be cast as Jack Lewis, Alex’s dashingly handsome police partner who eventually begins a relationship with Hall’s character, Clara, Alex’s former wife before his transformation into Robocop.
There is strong interest in Sean Penn to assume the role of Novack, a right-wing news reporter who sticks to his guns when it comes to his political views.
Norton is one of those guys that can slip into any role and really make it his own, while Bernal has been able to find success in multiple genres (and could very well be Zorro in a new reboot of that franchise). Hall’s totally underrated performances in The Prestige and The Town are both excellent, so I’m hoping this story ends up being true because I’d like to see all of these people working together in a high profile project like this.