Jackie Earle Haley Joins José Padilha's RoboCop
07.23.12 by BJSprecher
The cast of Brazilian director José Padilha's (Elite Squad) RoboCop has increased by one. According to Deadline, Academy Award-nominated actor Jackie Earle Hayley (Little Children) has signed on to star in the remake of director Paul Verhoeven's 1987 movie as Maddox, the man "who dispenses the military training" to cop-turned-cyborg cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), post-RoboCop transformation.
Haley joins an impressive cast that so far includes Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) as Ellen Murphy, House actor Hugh Laurie as the CEO of OmniCorp — the company responsible for manufacturing RoboCop — Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) as "charismatic media mogul" Pat Novak, and Academy Award-winner Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) as Norton, the scientist who creates Robocop. The Sorcerer's Apprentice star Jay Baruchel is said to be "circling" a lead role in the movie, as well.
RoboCop was written by Josh Zetumer, with rewrites by Gran Torino scribe Nick Schenk, and James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man). Here's the synopsis of the movie:
In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
RoboCop is currently in pre-production. It is slated to be released on August 9, 2012.