The “Robocop” reboot directed by Jose Padilha looks to have found its lead. Deadline is reporting that Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing,” Snabba Cash) has been offered the role of Officer Alex Murphy (played in the original by Peter Weller).
The reboot of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film, “Robocop” will tell the story of a police officer who, after nearly being killed in the line of duty, is rebuilt as a crime-fighting cyborg. The original film spawned two movie sequels, comic books, and multiple television series spin-offs.
Padilha told ComingSoon.net last year:
“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?”
“Gran Torino” writer Nick Schenk was recently brought on board the project to rewrite. The start of production is targeted for later this summer.
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