Joining the ranks of Peter Weller, Robert John Burke (“RoboCop 3“), Richard Eden (the shortlived Canadian TV series), David Sobolov (the animated series “RoboCop: Alpha Commando“) and Page Fletcher (the mini-series “RoboCop: Prime Directives“), Joel Kinnaman is now the latest actor to put on the metal helmet as Deadline confirms he will be the next RoboCop in the upcoming reboot.
It was just over a week ago that an offer was floated to the “Snabba Cash,” “Safe House” and “The Killing” star and he has signed on the dotted line, marking his first big Hollywood tentpole. It’s not the first time Kinnaman has flirted with a major studio project as Steven Soderbergh eyed him for his aborted “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” while David Dobkin had cast him in “Arthur & Lancelot” before Warner Bros. pulled the plug. But this project looks to be on more solid ground, with MGM developing this for the past little while, and with the deal closed, this thing is really happening.
As you might have gleaned from the intro, this franchise has been circling the drain for a while but MGM hopes that the script from rising scribe Josh Zetumer paired with direction by “Elite Squad” helmer José Padilha will kick this property back to life. That’s certainly some strong creative talent, and Kinnaman is a great lead so they’re off to a good start.