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Michael Keaton Joins RoboCop
Replacing Hugh Laurie

30 August 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Michael Keaton Joins RoboCop

There was palpable disappointment (and, yes, relief from some Laurie fans), when it emerged that Hugh Laurie’s negotiations for a role in the RoboCop reboot had broken down. Now director Jose Padilha has locked in Michael Keaton to play the role instead.

While the details are still largely being kept quiet, the role was listed as the head of Omni Corp when Laurie was being touted, which probably means Keaton will be up to no good.

The new RoboCop finds Joel Kinnaman in the metal suit as murdered cop Alex Murphy, reborn in cyborg form. He’ll be overseen by Gary Oldman’s scientist and trained by Jackie Earle Haley’s military man. Plus he’ll come into contact with wife-turned-technical widow Ellen (Abbie Cornish), media mogul Pat Novak (Samuel L Jackson) and partner Lewis (Michael Kenneth Williams).

Also in the cast are Jay Baruchel and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Padilha is set to start shooting shortly in Toronto and issued an enthusiastic statement about the final chunk of casting: “Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place," Padilha said in a statement. "It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209s and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets." Which is a little bit different from what he’s apparently been telling friends. Let’s hope things improve once production kicks off…


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love keaton. leading man. hollywood should remember that. More

Posted by huckleberry999 at 10:15 on 31 August 2012 | Report This Post

Looks Like Horseshit To Me!
I agree that Michael Keaton is underused in Hollywood. Bring on the Beetlejuice sequel. How many other performances have been so brief yet run away with a movie??? More

Posted by Fozola at 13:25 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

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I love keaton, wish he was in more lead/big roles. I like most fo the casting for this actually, but everything else ive read about the script and robocop design looks like dogshit! no visor, you will be able to see his eyes!!! whats the fuckin point! More

Posted by Dannybohy at 11:47 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

Could easily see him as the bob character from the original. "hello bobby boy, you're probably on your knees now...begging for your life" Even though I know he'll wind up playing the ronnie cox character. dam shame More

Posted by NateDrake007 at 10:48 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Great news
The casting on this has been brilliant. Just a shame that everything else coming from the shoot (script & supposed designs) sounds absolutely awful. More

Posted by Dead Mike at 09:58 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

Great news
This is great news. I love Keaton. Wish he would get more big roles these days. He still looks great and oozes charisma. Hope the movie turns out to be good! More

Posted by blade32 at 09:15 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

Concept Art
Having seen some of the concept art for Robocop floating around on-line and, if the rumours are true about what the suit can do, then this is going to be truly shockingly bad. More like that Mark Hamill film Mutronics than Robocop!! :( More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:41 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post


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