‘RoboCop’ Remake News: Michael K. Williams Joins Cast, Clive Owen too?

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With the recent departure of Hugh Laurie, Clive Owen is being eyed fill the role that he’s left behind. Laurie was set to play one of the lead engineers that creates RoboCop, but which one exactly wasn’t specified.

Furthermore Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Community) has been attached to play Alex Murphy’s partner, a role that was previously played by Nancy Allen. Although I definitely appreciate his addition to the cast, I wish the would have stayed true to the original film and casted one of the many ass-kicking women in film today.

Much like the plot of the original film, this new RoboCop is, according to Daily Blam, something like this:

In RoboCop, the year is 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre 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 utilises 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.

While it seems like there are some minor changes, the basic story line is just about identical. What I fear, though, is that the socio-political commentary and sardonic humor of the original film will be completely abandoned in this remake. It’s true that most American audiences expect to see a shoot-’em-up cop movie when they hear the name RoboCop, but the original film (not its sequels) was so much more than that and deserves to be recognized as such in the reboot.

If you didn’t know by now, Alex Murphy, AKA RoboCop, is being played by “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman, who was most recently seen in Lola Versus, Easy Money, and Safe House (we’re just going to pretend like The Darkest Hour never happened, okay?). He’s already a fantastic actor and I think if given good enough material, he’ll really shine in the leading role. The film will be directed by Joe Padilha (Elite Squad), and written by Josh Zetumer and Nick Schenk, whose only credit is Gran Torino. 

The stellar cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, and Jay Baruchel who proved his worth as a futuristic businessman in this week’s Cosmopolis. This remake is a mixed bag, but unless this screenplay doesn’t suck complete ass, there’s a chance that, much like Dredd, this RoboCop remake could actually be worth watching.

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