Last week we heard that Joel Kinnaman had been offered the lead role in MGM’s RoboCop remake. Now the actor, who is best known for his role in The Killing but has also had small parts in Safe House and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake, has officially signed on to play Officer Alex J. Murphy.
The news come from Deadline, and MGM’s plan is to shoot later this year with Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) at the helm. Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk was hired earlier this month to rewrite the script by Josh Zetumer.
The original 1987 film followed a cop brought back from the dead and drafted to become a remorseless and ruthless cyborg cop. That plan is subverted when suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him.
What are your thoughts on the casting? Can Kinnaman carry a film where he’s required to act through a helmet for a good chunk of the movie?