CONFIRMED: Joel Kinnaman to Star in RoboCop Reboot
03.04.12 by BJSprecher
When Deadline declared last week that MGM had offered the title role in the long-in-development Robocop reboot to Joel Kinnaman, it seemed like the popular showbiz site known for getting the inside dirt on the wheelings and dealings taking place behind closed doors in Hollywood might have finally slipped up. After all, MGM was said to be interested in placing a "hot" up-and-comer like Chris Pine (Star Trek) in the lead role and Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) apparently had his eye on rising star Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) — who said that it "could be kind of fun" to play RoboCop — for the part, whereas Kinnaman is barely on the radar of most moviegoers. Good thing we didn't bet against Deadline on this one, because MGM has apparenly "closed its deal" with Kinnaman, giving the 32 year-old Swedish-American actor his chance at superstardom as the headliner of the rebooted franchise.
It's unclear at this time how similar Padilha's version will be to director Paul Verhoeven's original movie. When Padilha was hired by MGM, the studio also hired neophyte screenwriter Josh Zetumer to pen the script, a hiring that offered no clues on what the script would be like. However, early last month, it was revealed that Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk, who has been collaborating with Padilha on the action-thriller Tri-Border, had been hired to work on the script, which pretty much guarantees that it will have some grit to it. Padilha has said that he plans on focusing less on the socio-political themes in the original and more on "the difference between humans and robots," and what it means "to lose your free will."